Man City striker Balotelli to ignore criticism from Milan owner Berlusconi
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Mario Balotelli will not be responding to criticism levelled at him by Milan owner and politician Silvio Berlusconi, according to the agent of the Manchester City striker.
Sky Sports has reported that Berlusconi branded Balotelli as “a rotten apple”, seemingly putting an end to speculation linking the forward with a move to the club in the near future. Balotelli has in the past spoken highly of the idea of playing for Milan and was even pictured wearing a Milan shirt - while still a player at city rivals Inter.
Balotelli is however understood to want to remain at Premier League champions City despite a recent scuffle on the training ground with manager Roberto Mancini, and as part of that desire has instructed his agent, Mino Raiola, to avoid commenting too strongly in reply to Berlusconi.
Raiola said: “ I talked with Mario and he was sorry to hear the words of Berlusconi. But Balotelli has asked me to be quiet because he appreciates that he is loved by the president at City.
“I know him well and he has a big heart. Berlusconi is free to have any opinion he wants, but it seems strange that he wishes to pass judgement on a person he doesn't know anything about.”
Balotelli has been at the Etihad Stadium since his 2010 move from Inter, scoring 30 goals in 79 appearances and helping the team to success in last season’s league and, a year earlier, the FA Cup.
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