Outspoken AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has launched an attack on Mario Balotelli, describing the forward as a ‘rotten apple’ and revealing he never wanted to sign him in the first place.
Balotelli completed a summer move to Liverpool for a fee of £16million, and Berlusconi has followed former Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia in having a swipe at the 24-year-old since his departure.
The former Italian prime minister told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “I remember he was bought against my advice.
“[Now] We have many champions: [Jeremy] Menez, [Keisuke] Honda, [Stephan] El Shaarawy, [Fernando] Torres, [Nigel] De Jong.
“The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room.”
Balotelli has struggled to find form since his switch to Anfield, scoring just one goal in his opening seven Liverpool matches.