Saturday January 14 2012
Berlusconi: 'I stopped Pato'

Milan President Silvio Berlusconi reveals why Alexandre Pato stayed. “It was my decision, as I was not convinced by the whole operation.”

The Brazilian was all set to join Paris Saint-Germain for €35m on Thursday, raising the funds to buy Carlos Tevez from Manchester City, but at the last minute he pulled the plug.

However, now it has been confirmed that it was not just Pato’s choice, but also President Berlusconi’s.

“I decided to keep Pato because I consider him a player of great talent,” said the patron.

“I was not convinced by the whole operation, not from a tactical stand-point nor an economic one. It is a decision that I made autonomously.

“I am convinced this was the best thing for Milan.”

Berlusconi has particular affection for Pato, who is dating his daughter Barbara.

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