Milan president Silvio Berlusconi underwent successful heart surgery on Tuesday to replace his aortic valve. It took a four hour operation at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, but the surgery was successful and the former Italian prime minister is now recovering in intensive care. It's believed that the president will take around a month fully recover after the surgery and will remain in intensive for at least another forty-eight hours.
Berlusconi's condition could have been potentially life-threatening so success will come as a huge relief to all concerned. A giant banner was unfurled outside the hospital in tribute Berlusconi, picturing the president and alongside him Milan's impressive trophy haul. The banner read "president, thanks for being you." Berlusconi's popularity has taken a hit in recent years amongst both Milan supporters and the Italian people generally, so this was an encouraging act of solidarity from his fans.
Whilst Berlusconi's heart surgery has undoubtedly slowed down the impending sale of the club to a consortium of Chinese investors, reports indicate that talks are continuing in his absence and that an extension will be given on the current deadline for talks.