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Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato: I've been welcomed with open arms

Former Milan striker Alexandre Pato has revealed that the support of the Corinthians fans helped him choose the Timão over other options.

The 23-year-old joined the São Paulo side for a reported fee of €15million last week after five injury-ravaged years at San Siro.

Pato wanted to return to his homeland and was said to have a number of offers in Brazil, however, the striker has admitted that Corinthians loyal fan-base was the deciding factor.

He told Globo Esporte: "I decided to come back because I felt the warmth of the Corinthians fans.

"That was what helped me choose. It is a new adventure and I want to give my best for the fans.

"I have a four-year contract and I'm incredibly happy – I've been welcomed with open arms."

The former Internacional man also spoke about his relationship with Rossoneri chief Silvio Berlusconi.

Pato concluded: "He was a very important person in my career and has always been nice. But for now, I am thinking only of Corinthians."

Source: Football Italia


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