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Silvio Berlusconi: Mario Balotelli is “a rotten apple”

Posted on 08/01/2013 in Serie A

AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi appears to have dampened transfer rumours linking his club to controversial striker Mario Balotelli.

The Manchester City player was recently pictured at the champion's training ground in a furious bust-up with coach Roberto Mancini and has been repeatedly linked with the Rossoneri, especially as Pato has now departed the San Siro.

However, Berlusconi said: "The name of Balotelli never came into my thoughts, he is a rotten apple and could infect every group where he goes, even Milan."

The former Italian leader said he would be concerned that the "rotten apple" could infect the rest of the Milan dressing room.

Balotelli has struggled to gain a first team place so far in the Premier League this season and has fallen behind Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko in the Etihad pecking order.

However, following the altercations in Carrington last week, Mancini said that he was willing to give Balotelli a hundred more chances at City.

Clubs in England have until January 31st to conclude their transfer business for the season.