AC Milan owner, Silvio Berlusconi, has labelled Liverpool striker, Mario Balotelli, a 'rotten apple' and has claimed he never wanted to sign him in the first place.
The Italian striker moved back to the San Siro in 2013, but this time, to play for AC Milan, rather than Inter Milan, who he played for from 2007 to 2010. Despite
The deal from Manchester City to AC Milan was worth just shy of £20million, and despite having a good goals-to-game ratio, Berlusconi has slaughtered his former-striker, labelling him as a rotten apple.
During his year and a half back in Italy, Balotelli made 43 appearances for Milan, scoring 26 goals, but he was sold this Summer for £16million to Liverpool, who were in the market to replace Luis Suarez, who headed to FC Barcelona after more controversy on the field.
The 23-year-old was being monitored by Arsenal as well, but after Arsene Wenger agreeed with Ruud Gullit's assertion that he was 'un-manageable', the Gunners pulled out of the race, leaving Liverpool with the opportunity to sign.
Since arriving at Anfield, Balotelli has struggled to adapt back to Premier League football, failing to net in any of the league games he's played in. However, he has scored once in the Champions League when The Reds saw off Ludogorets 2-1 at Anfield.
Balotelli is known for his attitude and that was one of the reasons he left Manchester City in the first place, after falling out with manager, Roberto Mancini, and despite signing for Milan in January, the club's owner has revealed that he never wanted to sign him in the first place.
In a recent interview, Burlusconi has said that the club went against his advice, but is delighted to finally have him out of the club, stating there are now now longer any rotten apples in the dressing room.
"I remember he was bought against my advice," Berlusconi told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"We have many champions: [Jeremy] Menez, [Keisuke] Honda, [Stephan] El Shaarawy, [Fernando] Torres, [Nigel] De Jong...
"The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room."