Leonardo - Duo will stay
Leonardo insists Andrea Pirlo and Alexandre Pato are staying put after both were linked with Chelsea.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 11/06/09 3:59pm
New AC Milan manager Leonardo insists that Andrea Pirlo and Alexandre Pato are staying at the San Siro, after ruling out a possible transfer to Chelsea for either of them.
The Brazilian boss took over the reins at the Rossoneri after Carlo Ancelotti saw his contract ended by mutual consent last month.
Ancelotti was named as Chelsea boss just a day later and ever since a whole host of his former players have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Two names who have been mentioned more than most are Pirlo, who is rumoured to be rated at around the £20million mark, and Pato, who has already stated he will discuss his future with Ancelotti before he talks to Milan.
Leonardo, though, is desperate to keep the nucleus of his squad together after the sale of influential midfielder Kaka to Real Madrid for £56million earlier this week.
"They are not moving from Milan," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"They are both very important for the team. They are fundamental parts of a recent victorious past, Pirlo especially."