Thursday December 23 2010
Pato relishes Cassano partnership

Milan striker Alexandre Pato is looking forward to linking up with the club's new signing Antonio Cassano in the second half of the season.

The 21-year-old Brazil international is still recovering from a muscle injury, but should be back soon after the winter break ends.

"I have missed nine games and I have scored six goals in the other eight," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "With this average, if I'd always played, I would have been on 12. More than Ibra…

"I am very calm and happy because I have started running hard again. I am on the way back. I don't see any reason to make a drama out of it. I believe that the injuries can be put down to my growth.

"I have put on kilos and gained in centimetres, and I want to [grow] more. Football in Italy is tough and being robust is fundamental.

"I can't wait for the New Year to arrive, but 2010 isn't one to throw away. I met Massimiliano Allegri, who is a great Coach. I have scored many goals. I am a regular for Brazil. Now I only want to start all over again without the injuries and play the second half of the season without stopping myself anymore.

"I want a 2011 with many goals to help Milan win."

Looking ahead to playing alongside Cassano, Pato said: "He is an extraordinary player who will give us a big help in trying to win. We will enjoy ourselves and do well together.

"I am happy for Antonio's arrival. It's like having another Brazilian in the team."

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