Thursday January 5 2012
Don’t sell Pato, says Van Basten

Milan legend Marco Van Basten has told his former club to forget about the possibility of selling Alexandre Pato.

The Brazilian’s future has been placed into some doubt after he admitted to a few problems with boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Pato was subsequently linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with reports suggesting that a €50m offer could be tabled.

Van Basten, however, has urged the Rossoneri to not be tempted into the sale of the South American talent.

“Pato is young, strong and he’s someone who scores goals,” the Dutchman is quoted as saying. “It would be a mistake to sell him.

“Only some serious financial problems at the club could justify his sale, otherwise letting him go wouldn’t be an acceptable decision.”

Pato, 22, has had his issues with fitness and form so far this season. He’s scored just once in eight Serie A games, but he’s netted twice in three Champions League ties.

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