Pato: “Leonardo is the right person at the right place at the right time for Milan, he has vision and competence”

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Alexandre Pato celebrating during Guangzhou Evergrande-Tianjin Quanjian on May 15, 2018. (/AFP/Getty Images)
Alexandre Pato celebrating during Guangzhou Evergrande-Tianjin Quanjian on May 15, 2018. (/AFP/Getty Images)

Alexandre Pato believes Leonardo was the right pick for Milan as they want to go back to the top of Europe.

Milan are in the hands of Elliott now and the American hedge fund has decided to put Leonardo Araujo at the top of the sporting-technical side at the club.

And if you ask Pato, who was brought to Milan by Leonardo 11 years ago, then getting back Leo is the right choice.

“What effect does Leonardo’s return to Milan make? I’m not at all surprised that Elliott has chosen him. I know Leo well, he’s a Champion,” the 28-year-old told Tuttosport. “If I’ve talked to him already? Yes, I sent him my congratulations and my good luck a few days ago.

“What do I expect from him? Surely Leo has the vision, the competence and the authority to give a new approach to the club. Not only from a technical point of view. I imagine that at the club, there’s been some loss: many people have left in just a year and a half, so Leonardo can give security to the whole club. He’s the right person at the right place at the right time: he’ll do a great job.

Alexandre Pato celebrating during Milan-Inter at Stadio San Siro on April 2, 2011. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Alexandre Pato celebrating during Milan-Inter at Stadio San Siro on April 2, 2011. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

“If Leonardo is better as a coach or as a director? As far as I’m concerned, Leonardo was a good coach with innovative ideas and I’m sure he will continue to do well as a director, in the wake of what he’s done in the years when he was already a Milan director.

“I scored two of the three goals in that famous derby of April 2011 [when Leonardo was the coach of Inter]? It was an unforgettable match. A couple of months ago, we met for lunch at a Brazilian restaurant in Milano – Casa Tapioca:  Adriano Galliani, Ariedo Braida, Leonardo, my agent Gilmar Veloz, my media manager Andrea Mc Leod, and I. There was talk about my two goals in that derby and also of my double in Madrid against Real.

“What memory I have of that match? Milan had never won at the Bernabéu in official matches before. We were 1-0 at the end of the first half, but in the second half we played great with Leonardo overturning the team, and those coaches led us to victory. With him on the bench… what a night.

Leonardo, Pato and Ronaldinho celebrating at the end ofLazio-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on November 8, 2009. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
Leonardo, Pato and Ronaldinho celebrating at the end ofLazio-Milan at Stadio Olimpico on November 8, 2009. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

“What I thought of Yonghong Li? I don’t know much about the previous ownership. If I trust Elliott at Milan? It seems to me that in a few weeks, the new owners have moved decisively with regards to the club’s organization. That bodes well for Milan and their future. The club deserve to return to the top.

“If I would think about it if Leonardo were to call me to bring me back to Milan? In the meantime I’m waiting for the call… then we’ll see!”

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successor
successor
3 years ago

I read:- Galatasaray have reportedly agreed a dry loan for Milan striker Andre Silva.According to Fanatik, an agreement has been struck between the two clubs for Silva to spend the coming season at Gala.However, the Turkish outlet warns the 22-year-old has yet to approve of the switch, with no suggestion as to whether he will. I don’t understand why they want to loan Andre Silva if Kalinic is on his way out. maybe sell Kalinic loan Silva and bring in Pato but if loaning Silva will mean Kalinic will stay , then that is zero . Cuz we can’t have… Read more »

zahid hossain
zahid hossain
3 years ago

Milan needs to keep Silva n sell Kalinic n Bacca, if we get Higuain, then Cutrone n Silva will be his best backup at present situation……I can’t understand why Leo is waiting in the Bernard issue, is there any free agent better than Bernard in wings?????…….. Get Caldara,Bernard, Higuain, ASAP……..if we fail to get Higuain then Immobile should be our prime target( not Morata)…… Biglia + cash for Immobile would be good n in that case Badelj as a free agent is a good replacement for Biglia……..Forza Milan

Milanmister
Milanmister
3 years ago

Had potential but injuries and Barbara destroyed his career leave him in the past no Pato for a new milan sorry

Emmanuel
Emmanuel
3 years ago

let them play a good game this season