Friday November 23 2012
Berlusconi: ‘Pato a problem’

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has labelled Alexandre Pato as a ‘problem’ on the eve of the game against Juventus.

Pato’s future is in doubt after a host of injuries mean that he is no longer guaranteed a starting shirt at San Siro.

“Pato is a problem,” the President noted. “We really hope that he can fully recover from all these injuries.

“It is a problem because he was the one Milan player with the brightest future ahead of him.”

Pato has been ruled out of Sunday’s big game, but Berlusconi will be present at training again – a week after giving the side a boost on the eve of their 2-2 at Napoli.

“I will be at Milanello tomorrow because Milan need me. Have you seen how the side recharged itself when I am here?

“There is a need for my presence and I will visit the squad at Milanello before the game against Juventus.”

The media mogul also insisted that the club were right to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain, a switch which has given Stephan El Shaarawy the chance to shine.

“I certainly have regrets that Ibrahimovic is not on the pitch, yet we have saved €160m over three years by selling him.

“But now we have El Shaarawy. Counting on youngsters is the right road ahead.”