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Leonardo team irks Berlusconi

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has risked undermining new coach Leonardo before the city derby by saying he prefers a different formation to the one used by the Brazilian.

Milan won 2-1 at Siena last Saturday in its Serie A opener with the impressive Ronaldinho playing behind frontmen Alexandre Pato and Marco Borriello.

However, Berlusconi wants to see Ronaldinho pushed further forward for Saturday's meeting with champion Inter Milan, which was held 1-1 at home by Bari on Sunday.

"If I was choosing the formation, I would play Clarence Seedorf in the hole, Pato as the main striker with Ronaldinho as second striker," the Italian prime minister told 7 Gold television late on Monday.

New striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar is available for the derby after serving a ban against Siena carried over from his time at Real Madrid.

Inter is close to a deal for Real playmaker Wesley Sneijder, media reports have said, with the Dutchman possibly starting the derby after coach Jose Mourinho questioned Sulley Muntari's fitness given the Ghanaian's commitment to Ramadan.

The Dutch attacking midfielder is surplus to requirements at Real following the big-money signings of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka and has been linked with a move to the Italian champion for several weeks.

"The agreement between Inter and Sneijder is imminent," said La Gazzetta dello Sport on its Website.


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