JERUSALEM: AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi lambasted his own club and chief executive Adriano Galliani on Tuesday for signing Inter Milan winger Mancini on loan.
The Brazilian, who has barely played for bitter city rivals Inter in the last two seasons after a dip in form, joined Milan on Monday on the last day of the January transfer window.
“I really don’t understand it,” the Italian Prime Minister told Jerusalem’s Italian community, sources at the meeting said.
“He is another creative player when we need someone who can finish off moves. He’s not played for two years. I don’t agree with getting him and I’ve told Galliani.”
Berlusconi rarely clashes publically with trusted lieutenant Galliani, who has run Milan on his behalf for over 20 years, but often comments on the Serie A club’s formations and fortunes.
Mancini, meanwhile, is hoping that that his move to AC Milan will help resurrect his career after making the short trip from neighbours Inter Milan.
The Brazilian was a highly-sought addition to coach Jose Mourinho’s attacking options when he arrived from AS Roma 18 months ago but after a poor start to life in the blue and black half of Milan, he suffered from Mourinho abandoning his favoured 4-3-3 formation.
The former Chelsea boss had bought wingers Mancini and Ricardo Quaresma to play either side of Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he took over at Inter but neither signing impressed and Mourinho soon switched to a 4-4-2.
That left both wingers – neither known for his work rate nor his propensity to track back – largely out in the cold and Mancini has featured in just seven matches this season, totalling less than four hours of playing time.
And he blames Mourinho for that.
“I’ve wasted the last six months. I was ready to leave in the summer but then Mourinho called me and said he had faith in me,” he said.
“I would like to wipe out the last year. Now I’m turning over a new leaf and starting a new adventure.
“I’m looking for redemption, to win, to find the serenity that I lost a year ago.
“I will do what’s possible and what’s impossible to return to the top.”
The 29-year-old also suggested that Milan’s style of play would be more suited to him than Inter’s was.
“Milan play more football, better football. Inter are a strong team but Milan are at the same level, just with different characteristics,” he added. — AFP