By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Despite finishing second in Serie A last season, financial instability at AC Milan resulted in summer sales of star names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, while aging players like Alessandro Nesta, Gennaro Gattuso and Clarence Seedorf were allowed to leave for greener pastures.
The extensive changes in playing staff have led to a stuttering start to the new campaign for the Rossoneri, as they currently lie ninth in the league table. However, Berlusconi remained confident that Milan's plans to reinvigorate their squad with younger players would pay off in the long run.
"We are looking for players who can become true champions in the future, players in the age category of 22 to 23," he shared with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"We will mainly sign young players to rebuild the team. [Marco] van Basten has recommended us a young Dutch player and he agrees with our decision to count on youngsters."
20-year old Stephan El Shaarawy has stepped into the void left by Ibrahimovic and taken on the goal-scoring duties for Massimiliano Allegri's men. The youthful forward boasts a remarkable conversion rate of 10 goals in 14 games, and Berlusconi could not be happier with the younger Italian's displays.
"El Shaarawy does not remind me of any other player as he's unique and a very special player," he described.
"He's one of the discoveries of the season and has been a revelation."
With the Rossoneri 14 points off the pace set by Juventus, Italian media sources are abuzz about Allegri being shown the San Siro door. Although Berlusconi and club CEO Andrea Gallaini have publically backed the manager on several occasions, the Milan president admitted that a certain Pep Guardiola's services would be hard to turn down.
"We have an excellent relationship with Allegri and will continue with him," Berlusconi stated.
"Of course, every team would like to have a coach like Guardiola. There are three teams that have left their mark on football. Johan Cruyff's Ajax, the 'Dutch' AC Milan and Guardiola's Barcelona."
AC Milan travel to Catania for their Serie A fixture at the end of the week.