Monza owner and president Silvio Berlusconi has revealed that he tempted Kaka, Suso and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join him.
Berlusconi took over the Rossoneri when they were on the verge of bankruptcy back in 1986, and he oversaw the most successful period in the club’s history.
Milan won 29 major honours during Berlusconi’s tenure including seven European Cup/Champions League trophies, and he brought some of the biggest names in world football to the San Siro.
However, since selling the club he has been very critical of Milan and in particular the new owners and their decision making.
He has also since gone on to takeover his home club of Monza, achieving promotion from Serie C this season and with the former Prime Minister admitting he has every intention of going up to the top flight at the first time of asking.
Berlusconi gave an interview with Il Cittadino and revealed some background on three players with links to Milan that he tried to sign for Monza.
“I wanted an only Italian team, but then Galliani reminded me that there were the three Dutchmen in Milan and so he convinced me,” he said (via MilanNews).
“In the future I would like still a team without foreigners. Kakà, Suso and Ibra? All three were tempted to come with us, the closest to Monza was Kakà: this did not happen due to his family reasons which did not allow him to leave San Paolo. But the practice is not yet fully archived. I still hope.”
“My heart is divided in half between my old, dear Milan and my young, dear Monza. But in the case of a Monza-Milan match could only beat fully for Monza.
“The first love can never be forgotten, but my new love in a direct confrontation can only prevail over the old one. So still forza Milan, but forza Monza even more. And of course forza Italy.”