Friday October 19 2012
Galliani: 'Pato needs time'

Adriano Galliani notes Alexandre Pato’s Milan comeback must be “a gradual process” and opens the door for new investors.

Pato has not played an official game for the club this season due to a series of muscular problems, but featured in two matches for the Primavera youth team and should be in the squad for tomorrow night’s trip to Lazio.

“He is in good shape and training well, so we’ll see when Massimiliano Allegri will use him and for how long,” Vice-President Galliani told Sky Sport Italia.

“Pato has been out for a long time, so clearly his comeback will be a gradual process.”

Galliani also commented on the continuing rumours that President Silvio Berlusconi is eager to sell the club.

“President Berlusconi has always said that new investors are welcome and the doors are always open. However, I can assure you 100 per cent that right now there are no buyers.

“Our books are basically balanced and at least that’ll give us the financial Scudetto. This is down to partnerships, as fortunately the Milan brand is in a great position and every year we grow in the commercial sector.

“Clearly it’s good to win, but some brands survive regardless of each weekend’s results. Don’t forget Real Madrid remained the top football brand despite not winning the Champions Cup for 32 years.”