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Soccer: Milan's Allegri bemused by Berlusconi cold shoulder

Coach refuses to comment on suggestion Balotelli is 'bad apple'

Soccer: Milan's Allegri bemused by Berlusconi cold shoulder

Milan, January 8 - AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri said Tuesday he was bewildered by club owner Silvio Berlusconi's refusal to comment on the coach's future in a television interview. Allegri is still on the Milan bench after coming under intense pressure as his team made a poor start to this season. This had eased a little after Milan qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League in December and racked up some good results in Serie A, excluding a 4-2 thumping at AS Roma. They are seventh in Serie A with 30 points from 19 games, 14 points behind leaders Juventus, after beating Siena 2-1 at home last weekend. "I don't know why Berlusconi did not answer when asked about my future," Allegri told a press conference. "I don't intend to say anything about this. I have a contract until 2014 and I intend to respect it. "I have an excellent relationship with Berlusconi". Berlusconi has said in the past that he would like to have former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola on Milan's bench but he admitted on Monday that this was unlikely to happen. Allegri also tried to sidestep the controversy raised by Berlusconi dismissing reports Milan would like to sign Mario Balotelli from Manchester City on the grounds that he sees the Italy forward as a "bad apple". "I prefer not to comment," Allegri said. "I can't say if he's a bad apple because I've never coached him. He's an asset for Italian soccer".

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