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Serginho: Pato staying in Milan

10 May 2012 04:15

AC Milan consultant Serginho said the club do not intend to sell striker Alexandre Pato this off-season.

Pato has been plagued by persistent thigh problems this season, and the San Siro club tried to offload the Brazil international to Paris Saint-Germain during the January transfer window only for the player to reject the opportunity to join the Ligue 1 outfit.

It has been claimed that the deal could be resurrected at the end of the season but Serginho insisted that his compatriot remains a valued member of Massimiliano Allegri's squad.

"With absolute certainty, Milan do not have the slightest intention of negotiating for Pato," the former Milan full-back told Globoesporte.

"He is a very important player. Big clubs want him but I believe it is almost impossible he will leave."

Robinho has also been linked with a move away from Milan in recent weeks, with Santos keen to bring the player back to Brazil. However, Serginho cannot see this proposed transfer materialising either.

"Robinho is a major player. If you analyse Milan's games this year, he was present in maybe 70 or 80 per cent of them," he said.

"He is a player of great importance to the club and is part of their plans."

Serginho even suggested that Pato and Robinho could be joined at Milanello by Santos playmaker Ganso in the near future.

"If Ganso is physically well, he gets a lot of attention for his technical quality," the 40-year-old said.

"He's a player who offers something different and players in this category are of potential interest to the big clubs."

Serginho spent nine years at the San Siro after joining Milan from Sao Paulo in 1999.

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