Pato to his former team: Come & get me!

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Alexandre Pato has issued a come-and-get-me plea to former club Milan. “I’m in love, so I couldn’t say no. If Gennaro Gattuso called…”

Pato scored 63 goals and won a Scudetto in six seasons with Milan and now plys his trade in China for Fabio Cannavaro’s Tianjin Quanjian, but the striker made it clear he would relish a return to San Siro.

“Seeing Milan like this is sad, but they need patience,” the 28-year-old told Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Their fans still have the team who won everything in their sights, but Milan have changed a lot and returning to the top can’t happen overnight.

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“Playing in the Europa League again is a first step. Gattuso gave them a shock and his renewal was the right decision.

“Would I go back? They have Chinese owners and I like Italian football. I’m in love with Milan and the city, so I couldn’t say no.

“I still have a year-and-a-hald left on my contract, but never say never. If Gattuso calls me, I could recommend a striker to him…”

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