The former Manchester City man switched the San Siro for Liverpool’s Anfield in the off-season, returning to the Premier League for a fee of 16 Million after an indifferent 18 months with the Rossoneri.
And Berlusconi, who revealed he never wanted the 24-year-old at Milan, is confident the club are better off without the enigmatic Balotelli and fully expects them to get back to their best following a busy off-season.
“I remember he was bought against my advice,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“We have many champions: [Jeremy] Menez, [Keisuke] Honda, [Stephan] El Shaarawy, [Fernando] Torres, [Nigel] De Jong…
“The base is there. And we no longer have a rotten apple in the dressing room.”
An eighth-place finish in Serie A last season means the Rossoneri will miss out on European football for the first time since the 1998/99 season, but Berlusconi believes the club should target the 2015/16 Champions League campaign, with the final taking place at the San Siro.
“It’s too early to give a vote on the team but I think we can give a more complete assessment from January onwards,” he said.
“Our goal is to return to Europe. We want to build a winning side.
“I think there are cycles in football, with years of success, then breaks, then back to winning. But the fans should rest assured – the team is already competitive and we’ll soon be leaders in Europe again.
“The 2016 Champions League final is in Milan. Why shouldn’t we dream of being there?”