Paolo Berlusconi spoke about why there were no investments in the summer and revealed that the Chinese government is behind the purchase of the Rossoneri.
Paolo, the brother of Silvio Berlusconi and Milan Vice President (although he doesn’t actually do much in terms of managing the club), spoke to Telelombardia last night, discussing several topics.
“The time of Milan? It’s not a bad time. When my brother decided to sell Milan, he did so with a heart full of sadness, but with the awareness it was the right choice and the right time,” he said to the interviewer.
“He set up the deal by asking for big investment in the club, Silvio’s last gift. We know that the timing in which the negotiations were closed didn’t allow Milan to move in the latest transfer market. We need patience, the European leagues have been invaded by Russian and Arab money. In Italy, Juventus are the boss, it’s very difficult and all the other teams can be like a supporting cast.
“The situation of Silvio? He calmly continues his rehabilitation. It’s a long and painful period and the course proceeds without any major hitches. He will stay at Milan as honorary president.
“Why Milan is in difficulty? The reason is very simple: in today’s football the UEFA Champions League brings the biggest revenue. When you lack this income then it becomes very difficult. Without the Champions League you’re missing out on a €40 million to €50 million lifeline.
“The summer transfer market? The buyers didn’t agree with Fininvest, who had already spent a lot of money, there was no intention to spend without a return. I’m sorry that we didn’t have the opportunity to sign Marco Pjaca (signed for Juventus). For me he’s the new Shevchenko. Allegri believes he’s a great player but keeps him on the bench. Everything was planned together with the consortium and we also couldn’t do anything with sponsorship deals. The market was affected by it.
“Last year we invested in young players and a great center forward but things didn’t go well and football comes down to situations, referees, bad luck, illness, injury and other factors that determine the results. ItalMilan? I don’t like seeing teams like Udinese on Sunday that had no Italians.
“The Chinese consortium? When you deal with foreign investors there’s always some kind of smokescreen, but in this case the funds referred to are from the government. China is pushing football and the Chinese President intends to invest in sport to give Chinese children this new possibility. Then there’s also the intention to bring the FIFA World Cup to China.
“To achieve it they want to increase the culture of football and their ambitions are high. Our tranquility derives from this: there isn’t a tycoon or a single character, but an organization supported by the Chinese government that echoes these values.
“Historical market signings? Adriano Galliani and Ariedo Braida, in their time, did their best. Of course some mistakes were made. We were close to Carlos Tevez and we missed out on him, but football is full of stories like these. I like to remember the Jean-Pierre Papin’s, the Zvonimir Boban’s, the Kaka’s, the Marco Van Basten’s and the George Weah’s. Some escaped from us but we took many others.
“Inter? They only have one point more than us and they had a market campaign this summer. The departure of Pirlo in 2011 (left Milan with an expiring contract to join Juventus)? We thought he had already given everything in football but in the end he was still a player.”
After several consecutive years of nothing but disappointments, the fans will be hoping that the Chinese group – or the Chinese government as it turns out – will bring Milan back to the top.
Source: RossoneriBlog – News