Friday September 16 2011
Pato hails El Shaarawy

Alexandre Pato has been left impressed by the ability of Milan new boy Stephan El Shaarawy. "He'll be a better player than me!"

The attacking midfielder, who will only turn 19 in October, joined the Rossoneri this summer from Genoa in a co-ownership deal.

"I really want to play alongside him," the Brazilian told Milan Channel. "He's a boy who will do better than me – I'm sure of that."

Pato may get his wish this weekend as an injury crisis means that the club's attacking options against Napoli are limited.

Boss Massimiliano Allegri can only count on Pato, Antonio Cassano and El Shaarawy for the San Paolo showdown.

El Shaarawy, an Italian Under-19 international whose father is Egyptian, has only appeared in three Serie A games during his career.

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