Monday January 2 2012
All OK with Pato, says Allegri

Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri insists there is no breakdown in his relationship with Alexandre Pato.

The Brazilian’s future was placed into doubt last week after he admitted in an interview that not all was well with his tactician.

That outburst then led to reports that French giants Paris Saint-Germain were lining up a €50m offer for the international.

However, speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Allegri has maintained that the working rapport between the two of them is just fine.

“There is no problem between Pato and myself,” the former Cagliari man noted. “The boy’s outburst was just down to a moment of frustration.

“You can’t always start every game, but this is not a serious issue and these things do happen from time to time.

“There are no problems and there wasn’t a clear-the-air talk between us because there was no need for a discussion.

“He is training hard and isn’t giving any signs of unhappiness.”

Pato, 22, has scored just one League goal in eight appearances so far this season.

Turning to the Serie A race, Allegri was optimistic that his reigning champions could beat co-leaders Juventus to the title this term.

“We are not afraid of them,” he argued. “They remain a great club with great value, but Milan currently have all that is needed to win the Scudetto.”

Serie A will resume at the weekend with Milan away at Atalanta and Juventus travelling to Lecce.

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