Monday April 6 2020
Pato: 'Milan must keep Maldini and Ibra'

Former star Alexandre Pato has revealed a return to Milan 'would be nice' and claimed the club should keep hold of both Paolo Maldini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The forward recently moved from China and returned to Brazil, where he currently plays for Sao Paolo, but it became clear during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport that he has followed the Rossoneri closely since he left the club in 2013.

The 30-year-old played 150 games for the Diavolo and contributed 63 goals in the process during his five and a half years at the club.

“I would like to return to Europe, and it would be nice to do it at Milan,” he told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “I’ll win the Copa Libertadores and then I’ll come back.”

Pato, who helped Milan to their last Scudetto in 2010-11, has encouraged the fans to stay ‘confident’ the team will rise again after a difficult period.

“I have been sad to see them in such a critical condition for years,” he added. “But the club is trying to start again, and the fans must have confidence.”

Zvonimir Boban was fired from his position as sporting director this winter but Pato would like to see Paolo Maldini get to continue and they should focus on keeping Ibrahimovic too.

“The club has to let him [Maldini] work,” Pato said. “He knows what this club means and will be able to bring them back to the top.

“And Milan must focus on Ibrahimovic, he is too valuable for the young players and lethal in front of goal.”

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