Sunday December 23 2012
Pato and Robinho 'asked to leave'

Milan were crushed 4-2 by Roma, but Adriano Galliani confirms he’s flying to Brazil for negotiations after Robinho and Alexandre Pato “asked to leave.”

It is widely believed Robinho has €8m offers from Flamengo and Fluminense, while Pato is wanted by Corinthians at €15m.

“My trip to Brazil has been planned for months. It will be all work and no vacation, as there are two negotiations in progress.

“Pato and Robinho asked to leave Milan. I already know what could happen in case they do go.”

The tension is high going into the Christmas break, as a run of four consecutive victories came screeching to a halt at the Stadio Olimpico last night.

“It’s a shame, as we made many mistakes, but also created plenty of chances,” said Vice-President Galliani on the official club website.

“There were a few too many errors in defence and we really have to work on set plays. We’ve conceded 14 from dead ball situations and that is a statistic we must reflect on.”

The result left the Rossoneri in seventh place, nine points adrift of Lazio in second and 17 off leaders Juventus.

“We are looking at second position more than third,” insisted Galliani. “With a win here we could’ve closed the gap. I still mourn the points we dropped at home to Atalanta and Sampdoria.

“Oh well, let’s look on the bright side. We have a team that plays good football, has good players and can bring talent off the bench too. It’s a shame we’re paying for that bad start to the season.”

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