AC Milan director Berlusconi: Balotelli is not irreplaceable

The daughter of owner Silvio Berlusconi addressed various issues affecting the club including the future of the Italy international and the potential departure of
AC Milan have not ruled out the prospect of selling Mario Balotelli, with director Barbara Berlusconi stating the Italy forward is “not irreplaceable” at the club.

Goal understands that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has met with the Italy forward's representatives regarding a summer move to the Emirates Stadium, though he could cost up to £35million.

And the daughter of owner Silvio Berlusconi spoke of her admiration of the former Manchester City man, as well as the future of midfielder Kaka, who has been linked with a move away from San Siro.

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"Balotelli is a great player," she began, talking to gathered journalists at the launch of a Milan cruise. "But nobody is irreplaceable. We will see what happens."
"I know that Kaka is making an important decision,” Berlusconi said. “He has to make that decision with absolute calmness.

"We will be happy if Kaka stays, but we will accept if he wants to leave."

It has already been a summer of change at Milan, and Berlusconi also took the opportunity to thank outgoing manager Clarence Seedorf for his short stint in charge of the club.

"Seedorf came to Milan during a difficult period, but he did well as Milan’s coach.

"I wish Seedorf all the best in his future career and I think he will do well in the clubs that he will coach.”

Former forward Filippo Inzaghi has been confirmed as the Dutchman's replacement, and Berlusconi was keen to advocate the new man’s qualities.

"Inzaghi has a winner's mentality, and we are sure that he will do well as Milan's coach.

"I wish Inzaghi all the best, and I hope that his enthusiasm will spread to all the players in the squad."