Monday, 6 July 2009

Berlusconi says fans must have faith

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has reassured worried fans that his squad will be competitive on all fronts next season.

MilanelloThe Rossoneri began pre-season training today at their Milanello base with new coach Leonardo as the only major addition to the team.

"From a technical point of view, no-one in Italy has such a strong team as ours," said Berlusconi to La Gazzetta dello Sport this morning.

"We have great champions like (Alexandre) Pato, Ronaldinho and (Andrea) Pirlo and many promising youngsters.

"The true Milan fans have good sense and they must trust us because we have given them marvellous campaigns in the past."

The departure of Ricardo Kaka to Real Madrid and of long-time coach Carlo Ancelotti to Chelsea has been a blow to the Milan faithful.

Fans hoped the club would invest part of the 67million euros pocketed from Kaka's sale on strengthening the squad, as group of around 300 fans vented their fury at Berlusconi and vice-President Adriano Galliani for the lack of investment in the transfer market.

A banner read: "Thank you for these years, but now you sell Milan".

However, Milan's moves have so far proved fruitless. The Rossoneri have failed to lure top summer target Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko to the San Siro while FC Porto defender Aly Cissokho's move to Milan fell through at the last minute due to a medical.

Berlusconi insists they will only make a signing if it makes financial sense and not follow Real Madrid's recent spending spree.

"If in the transfer market a door opens, then someone may arrive, otherwise, we are good as we are," he said. "There's no need to buy at any cost.

"I think like (UEFA President Michel) Platini that football should return to the normalcy of life.

"In any case, for us (the Real Madrid transfer market) has been good because we got 67million euros so I cannot criticise them too much."

Source: ESPN Star

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