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Pato commits future to AC Milan despite offers

ESPN staff
June 11, 2012
Alexandre Pato is determined to stay at AC Milan © Getty Images

Former Chelsea target Alexandre Pato has insisted that he will stay at AC Milan at least until his current contract expires in 2014.

Pato, 22, has been the subject of much speculation about his future over the last 18 months - with Chelsea credited with an early interest in the Brazil international and Paris Saint-Germain stepping over the pursuit of his signature over the last year.

Brazilian side Corinthians have also offered Pato the chance to return to his homeland, but the player himself insists he wants to remain at San Siro for the foreseeable future.

"Milan has received several offers besides one from PSG," Pato said, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. "I have also received interests from Brazilian clubs but it's not the time to return home as I am only 22 and I feel I am at the club I want to be.

"I have every intention to remain in Europe for many years before I return to Brazil.

"I can only thank these clubs but I will stay at Milan. I will remain until the last day of my contract, which expires in 2014.

"I am grateful to this club for all it has done for me. I have received help from them during difficult times and I have no intention to change teams.

"I want to repay the faith Milan has in me."

Pato joined AC Milan from Internacional in 2007 and made an immediate impact as a teenager, but has struggled for both form and fitness in recent times as injury limited him to just 18 competitive appearances for Milan last season.

Chelsea had long been linked with the forward but have targeted alternate attacking options in recent weeks - sealing expensive deals for both Marko Marin and Eden Hazard while reportedly closing in on Porto striker Hulk.

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