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Berlusconi backs new AC Milan owners

Outgoing AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi believes that the new Chinese owners will be able to bring the club back to its former glory.

Berlusconi is selling his 93.93 percent stake in the club to Chinese consortium Sino-Europe Sports Investment Management Changxing, and believes they are the right people to make the Rossoneri into a powerhouse once more. Milan enjoyed a lot of success in the late 1980’s and the 90s, winning several Serie A and Champions League titles.

Berlusconi bid farewell to the Milan fans with a message on Facebook.

“Thirty years ago I bought Milan as an act of love,” Berlusconi wrote. “I’m selling for an act of even greater love: I’m entrusting the team to a group which has the necessary resources and the will to invest to bring Milan back to competing with the big international clubs.

“Naturally, I’m moved and saddened, but also calm in my belief that I have once again acted for the good of Milan, and I’ll continue to be their most ardent fan. These 30 years will remain in my heart, with great memories which can’t be equaled. I was privileged to lead the team I love until it became the most successful club in the world.

“Memories and thanks go to the great players, coaches and directors who have succeeded here,” Berlusconi continued. “Many of them will go down in football legend, having helped to write extraordinary victories in Italy, Europe and worldwide.

“Above all though, I’ll never forget the participation and the affection of the fans: the passion of millions of people for the Rossoneri colors was instrumental in making this special team unlike any other, stronger than any other, stronger than injustice, stronger than bad luck.

“I’ll be in the stands with them to cheer, and perhaps to suffer, but I’m sure we’ll soon be celebrating great new Milan successes together, honoring our great tradition. A big hug – and a Rossonero one – to each of you.”

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