Alexandre Pato completes loan move to Chelsea

Alexandre Pato poses with Chelsea shirt, Cobham
Image: Alexandre Pato hopes he can 'repay' Chelsea's faith in him

Chelsea have announced the signing of Alexandre Pato on loan until the end of the season.

The Brazil forward passed a medical earlier in the week and has now completed the formalities of his temporary move from Corinthians.

Pato's career has stalled since he made his Milan debut as a teenager in 2008, and he left Europe for home and Corinthians in 2013, the same year he won the most recent of his 27 international caps.

How will Pato fit in?

How will Pato fit in?

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The 26-year-old has since spent time on loan at Sao Paulo, but Chelsea's interim boss Guus Hiddink on Friday denied the deal represents a gamble and said he had personally given "the green light".

Chelsea's new signing Alexandre Pato holds the home shirt with technical director Michael Emenalo at the Cobham Training Ground
Image: Pato poses with Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo at the Cobham Training Ground

And Pato told his new club's website: "I am so happy to sign for Chelsea. It is a dream for me. I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know my new team-mates and cannot wait to play.

"I thank Chelsea for their support and hope I can repay this faith to the club and its fans."

Alexandre Pato of Sao Paulo in action
Image: Pato has signed for Chelsea until the end of the season

Pato joins compatriots Willian, Oscar and Kenedy at Stamford Bridge in the week another Brazilian Ramires completed a move to China.

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Chelsea have also confirmed the departure of youngster Charly Musonda, who has joined Spanish side Real Betis on loan.

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