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No Pep in Milan's step

AC MILAN owner Silvio Berlusconi admits he has tried to lure Pep Guardiola to the San Siro but the chances of him joining are slim.

The 41-year-old left Barcelona in the summer after winning two Champions Leagues and three Primera Division titles in a four-year spell at the Nou Camp.

Guardiola moved to New York to take a year off, but has been linked with a host of top clubs.

Speculation is set to increase after Guardiola yesterday told a news conference at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala that he wants to return to management.

"I have taken a decision to return to coaching but beyond that no decision has been taken," he said.

Milan are one of those linked and Berlusconi says they continue to be interested in Guardiola. Massimiliano Allegri's side are seventh in Serie A and Berlusconi admits the coach's position is far from secure.

He told reporters: "(You ask) if Allegri will stay at Milan next season? I have to say the truth? Please, ask me another question.

"I always tried to bring him (Guardiola) to Milan, because over the last (few) years Barcelona played the best football. At this moment, I have to say the percentage for him to come to Milan is very low."

As are the chances of Mario Balotelli, who Berlusconi described as a "rotten apple".