English Premiership

Pato keen to remain in Europe

2016-06-01 12:15
Alexandre Pato (TEAMtalk)

Cape Town - Alexandre Pato accepts the reasons for his lack of game time, and says that his experience at Chelsea hasn't turned him against European football.

The Brazilian striker understands that he was brought in mainly as cover for the injured Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy but, nonetheless, wishes he had been given more opportunities to impress for the Blues.

"I was in his office," Pato told SporTV of his discussion with Guus Hiddink. "I asked to talk, I explained my situation. He was very sincere: 'Pato, you came at a time when our players were injured. Now they're coming back, and I'm very loyal to my players'.

"I understand the coach's decision. I arrived at a time when the group was closed, battling for a place in the Champions league, in decisive games... I was hoping to play more, but I understand the coach's decision.

"I do not regret [moving to Stamford Bridge]. Chelsea received me very well. I could play, scored a goal, I showed that I can play in Europe, in England. Because many say that England is very difficult. [But] I was hoping to play more."

The 26-year-old spent five seasons with AC Milan before moving to Corinthians, and his experience at Stamford Bridge has clearly not affected his desire to make a permanent return to Europe.

"I want to stay in Europe," he continued. "My head is pointing toward Europe now - I want to play there. But if not, I'll come back here [to Corinthians].

"I told my agent that at the moment I do not want to listen to anyone in Brazil. Since I cannot say yes or no at this point, I do not want to make anyone hopeful or angry.

"Let's see through July 1 and if nothing happens in Europe we sit and listen to these clubs."

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