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Berlusconi not keen on Balotelli

April 4, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has said that he is not keen to sign Mario Balotelli due to the forward's behaviour.

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Balotelli, a Milan supporter, has been strongly linked with a move to the Rossoneri since leaving Inter for Manchester City in the summer.

However, Balotelli has continued to attract negative headlines for his antics on and off the field and he was recently dropped from the Italy squad for breaking Cesare Prandelli's code of conduct.

Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani refused to rule out a move for the forward last week - "We'll see in the future," he said - but Berlusconi has now indicated that there will be no approach.

"There is a Milan style of behaviour that I don't think is very close to that of Balotelli," he said. "He's a lovely lad who every now and then has a bit of a distraction, let's put it that way. I don't think his style suits us."

Roberto Mancini, though, was full of praise for the way Balotelli conducted himself during City's 5-0 victory over Sunderland this weekend.

"Mario was perfect - it is not important that he didn't score," Mancini said. "He worked for the team, was strong and did not talk to the referee or the opposition. It was perfect.

"It is important that he continues to do this and does not stop after this game."

Meanwhile, Galliani believes Gennaro Gattuso will still be at Milan next season.

Russian side Anzhi are said to be interested in the 33-year-old, but Galliani told Corriere dello Sport: "I don't think he will leave. He has a contract with us for another season, and hence, he is not a free agent.

"Should a big offer arrive from the Russians, we will listen to it. However, I don't think he will go there. I think he will remain with us."