Saturday July 28 2018
Pato hails Leonardo coup

Alexandre Pato believes Milan pulled off a masterstroke by bringing back Leonardo and admits he is ‘waiting’ for a call from his fellow Brazilian.

Leonardo coached Pato at Milan during the 2009-10 campaign and has since returned to San Siro as the club’s general manager, prompting praise from the Tianjin Quanjian striker.

“Leonardo has the vision, competence and authority to give the club a new approach,” the 28-year-old told Tuttosport.

“I’m not only talking in a technical sense. I imagine that at the club, there’s been some loss: many people have left in just a year and a half, so Leonardo can give security to the whole club.

“He’s the right person at the right place at the right time: he’ll do a great job. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for his call… after that we’ll see!

Pato also expressed optimism about Elliott Management’s takeover of the Rossoneri, despite its reputation as a vulture fund.

“It seems to me that in a few weeks, the new owners have moved decisively with regards to the club’s organisation,” he added.

“That’s good for Milan and their future. The club deserve to return to the top.”