AC Milan favour keeping Thiago Silva over provoking star exodus

The Rossoneri’s supposed team of egos expected to show solidarity


Silvio Berlusconi is to AC Milan what Simon Cowell was to the penultimate series of Britain’s Got Talent that David Hasselhoff and Michael McIntyre “starred” in and nobody watched.

He sits back and watches everyone else bumble around sullying his enterprise and then, right at the point that irreparable damage is about to be inflicted, dashes in, takes charge, overrules everyone then puts his feet up again.

The recently restored AC Milan president first operated such a strategy in January. He allowed long-term deputy Adriano Galliani to wine-and-dine super-duper-agents and dart around the continent trying to sign Carlos Tevez and ditch treatment table-keen Alex Pato, only to step in and sabotage the plan as it neared completion.

Galliani obviously didn’t learn from that masterclass in undermining because this week he flew to Paris with euro signs in his eyes to flog world’s best defender Thiago Silva to wongaed-up PSG.

All the murmurs emanating from the French capital suggested that an agreement was close, only for this morning’s Italian sports papers to be dominated by reports that Berlusconi had pulled the plug.

And just as was the case when he shredded Galliani’s blueprint for obtaining Tevez, the former head of government has probably made the right call, even if his approach to doing so was questionable.

Antonio Cassano in his wide-ranging press conference earlier this week in which he condemned homosexuality and laughed at the prospect of him mentoring Mario Balotelli noted that the sale of Silva would be a disaster.

He scaremongered: I’ve not heard from Ibra for a month, but if he gets angry about Silva being sold, then he’s absolutely right. It’d be criminal. Without Silva, at most we’d qualify for the Champions League. Besides, people should be clear with the fans. He is irreplaceable and without him we lose 50% of the team.”

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