He’s been around for so many years that it’s hard to believe he’s only 27. Alexandre Pato claims to be enjoying his time in China, at Tianjin Quanjian, but when asked by La Gazzetta dello Sport about a possible return to Italy, he didn’t hide his feelings towards the country.
I’m in love with Italy. I’m fine in China at the moment and I’m happy to contribute to this project for football development, but in the future, who knows
the Brazilian striker said. Pato became world famous playing for Milan, he joined them when he was just 17, stayed for five years, impressed in the beginning, gradually lost his confidence, his physical condition deteriorated as well, and aged 22 he returned to Brazil. Can he imagine himself playing in another Italian team, even Inter?
I’m a professional. Would I say ‘yes’ to Inter? Why not?
Pato replied, not really fearful of how the fans of his former club would feel about his… ‘professionalism’.
The 27-year-old striker talked about Silvio Berlusconi as well, revealing details of his last months in Italy.
Berlusconi tried to keep me twice. It first happened in January 2012. Not going to PSG wasn’t my decision. Barbara [Berlusconi’s daughter, and Pato’s girlfriend for some time] told me that her father wanted to talk to me, the president called me while I was having breakfast and said to me, ‘you won’t leave, you’re our symbol.’ I respected his will
the Brazilian said.
I continued to have physical problems. For Berlusconi, I was always ‘not for sale’, but I went to him and convinced him. I told him it was for my own good. I had to regain my confidence. Someone at Milan told me that I wouldn’t be able to play again, but I knew that wasn’t the case. That’s why I left. I had to change my way of training and recovering. Corinthians changed my preparation in 20 days and I started to feel good again
Pato shared, looking back to what led to his return to Brazil, and his move to Corinthians.