Galliani - Pato staying put
Adriano Galliani claims Alexandre Pato will be staying at AC Milan next season.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 26/02/11 3:32pm
AC Milan's CEO Adriano Galliani claims reports suggesting Alexandre Pato could be on his way out of the club are untrue.
The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from the San Siro at the end of the season and Chelsea are understood to be interested in securing his services along with Real Madrid.
Former Rossoneri boss Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen on bringing the 21-year-old, who is contracted to the Italians until 2012, to Stamford Bridge.
However, Galliani told Radio Italia: "Pato is a great player and he has always shown his talent. This year we are fortunate to have four important strikers.
"He has had some physical problems but has had an extraordinary average of minutes played on the pitch and goals scored.
"Will he be a part of the future of Milan? Absolutely yes."
Meanwhile, Antonio Cassano has praised Pato despite reports the Italian will be dropped in favour of the Brazilian ahead of Monday night's crunch clash against Napoli.
Pato scored a sensational goal in a 2-1 win against Chievo last weekend to maintain Milan's lead at the top of Serie A.
The Rossoneri now welcome second place Napoli in what is being billed as the title decider at the San Siro.
Cassano told Football Italia: "Pato is the absolute best and I told him that. Only Leo Messi is better and the two together would be incredible to watch.
"I immediately got along with Ibrahimovic, as me and Zlatan are two totally crazy guys, so we are similar. Pato is more of a little boy and quite shy."