Former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has expressed his desire to return to Milan in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 32-year-old Brazilian currently plays for Orlando City in the MLS and is under contract with the club until December 2022.
What would he change about his time at the club?
“I’d ask my parents to remain with me in Milan,” the Brazilian striker told La Gazzetta dello Sport. The club gave me all they could, I love Milan, but I was alone in difficult moments. I was very young when I arrived. My parents spent some time with me, but then they returned to Brazil. Had they been with me, I would have received more support.”
Would he like to return to the club?
“I feel well in Orlando and I have a contract here, but Maldini knows that I am ready [to return]. I am more mature, I have a different attitude towards football and I could be more useful for young players.”
“I miss Italy and the Italians. I always tell my wife: ‘One day, I’ll bring you to Italy and you’ll understand what I am talking about.”
“To me, Milano was a fundamental city. I’ve learned many things and I miss everything about Milan. I’d like to return to the club. After all, there are many players of a certain age in Serie A.”
The Rossoneri face Inter in the second leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final tonight. What game does he expect?
“It’s a difficult one and Milan can’t make mistakes,” he stated.
“They can win the title and beating their rivals in Coppa Italia would give them extra motivation. Olivier Giroud is strong, Rafael Leao must make the right moves. The game will be open, it’s always like this against Inter.”
“I played in a team full of champions. This Milan side is improving and has a bright future because the directors are building the team well,” he added.
Between 2008 to 2013, Pato scored 63 goals in 150 appearances for the Rossoneri.