Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has refused to comment on Alexandre Pato’s situation at the club. In an interview for the Brazilian website Globo Esporte, the Italian boss praised the striker, but couldn’t confirm if he’s staying in London.
After a full interview about the Italian national team, the reporter explained to him that he couldn’t avoid to ask about Pato. So the question was simply: “Do you count on him or not?”
Conte said: “I know Pato since the Milan times, where he was very good at the beginning. Then he’s chosen to return to Brazil, he went to Corinthians, where he was the Pato we knew in Italy again. Because in his last years at Milan, his form had dropped a bit. He’s certainly a good player, but I can’t talk about this topic now."
Chelsea have until June 30 to decide if they’re keeping the player or not. Reports from Brazil suggest that Pato’s agents are already looking for another club, as his priority is to stay in Europe for now.