Castagner: Pato will not be forced out of Milan

Former AC Milan coach Ilario Castagner believes Alexandre Pato will not be forced out of the club during the summer.
The recent arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Antonio Cassano have led to many questioning whether Pato is part of Massimiliano Allegri’s long term plans.
But Castagner, who coached the Rossoneri between 1982 and 1984, feels that the young Brazilian will remain at the San Siro for many years to come.
“Will he leave Milan in June? Absolutely not. He is a symbol for the Rossoneri, a player who allows the team to grow and one to save for the future,” Castagner told Goal.com Italia.
“I remember when he arrived in Milan as an 18-year-old. I spoke to Carlo Ancelotti back then, and he told me Pato was the ‘new Kaka’. He has immense quality and I think Milan will keep him as he is young.”
Discussing Milan’s deals during the January transfer window, Castagner revealed that he was pleased with the club’s comings and goings.
“I give them a nine out of 10 because they got the players needed to complete the squad,” he said.
“They got Cassano in great timing and the others can be useful to the squad.”

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