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Pato staying at Milan

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato says he wants to stay with the Italian champions and will not move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil international has had a tough 2011 through injuries, and has been linked with a transfer away from Massimiliano Allegri’s team.

Despite not featuring as much as he would have liked in recent weeks, the South American forward has reaffirmed his loyalty to the Serie A giants.

“I still want to win titles here,” the 22-year-old told Sky Sport 24.

“I have a common goal with Mr Allegri. We can work well together without necessarily being friends in real life.”

With former Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti taking charge at the Ligue 1 side, rumours of Pato moving to the French capital have intensified although the attacker feels it is just speculation.

“I am a player of Milan, a club that I have chosen over many others when I was in Brazil. I sent a message of happy holidays to Carlo Ancelotti, who answered. That’s all,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ancelotti’s predecessor Antoine Kombouare is set for a four million-euro payout after being replaced as coach at the big-spending side.

The 48-year-old was earning 140,000 euros per month at PSG, and will be paid out the remainder of his intended contract.

Director of football Leonardo has revealed he will meet Kombouare in the near future to discuss the tactician’s dismissal.

“We will meet and discuss it when the news has calmed down,” he said.

“We wanted the most friendly and most relaxed end to our collaboration. Contrary to what was said in the press, we have always had an honest and right relationship.”

Sat 31 December, 2011
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