Pato set for Ancelotti talks
Alexandre Pato reveals he will speak to Carlo Ancelotti before deciding whether to stay at Milan.
By Nadia Carminati
Last Updated: 09/06/09 10:20am
Alexandre Pato has revealed he will speak to new Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti before deciding whether he will stay at AC Milan.
The 19-year-old has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge ever since his former boss Ancelotti made the switch last month.
However, the Brazilian international moved to swiftly deny any reports linking him with a switch to West London last week but it now seems his head has been turned.
The former Internacional star admitted that his future would be resolved after the Confederations Cup - where Brazil will compete against the likes of Spain and Italy - in South Africa due to begin in a week's time.
"It's an honour being esteemed by a club like Chelsea," Pato, who finished the season with a total of 17 goals in all competitions, told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Anyway, I repeat, I will meet Ancelotti before, then Milan officials. My future will be clear at the end of June."
Despite Pato's insistence on meeting with Ancelotti, Milan are unlikely to let another of their top stars leave San Siro this summer after Kaka's sensational move to Real Madrid.
But the news that one of their brightest talents plans to discuss his future with one of their former managers rather than his current club will come as major blow to the Milan hierarchy.
"There is nothing decided yet," Pato reiterated.
"At the end of June, after the Confederations Cup, I'll meet Milan officials and we will talk about my future. But before I'll talk with Ancelotti.
"He's a sensational man. I owe him. It's because of him I've been able to emerge at Milan and in Italian football.
"Before deciding my future I want to talk to him."