Corinthians director says there's no “no signing with other English clubs” clause in Chelsea loan contract
Corinthians’ CEO Roberto de Andrade insists there is no clause in Alexandre Pato’s Chelsea contract preventing him from signing with another English club before 2020. Pato joined Chelsea on loan until June last week, though negotiations proved difficult and the announcement of the deal was delayed by a few days.
Brazilian press were reporting that this was due to Timão pushing for a clause in the loan deal that prevented Pato from signing a pre-contract agreement with an English club other than Chelsea, which de Andrade has denied. He also confirmed that Pato refused to sign an extension to his Corinthians deal, which expires in January 2017.
Speaking after the team’s 1-0 victory over XV de Piracicaba in the Campeonato Paulista on Sunday, de Andrade confirmed, “An English team can (sign him). What he cannot do is to sign with Chelsea (until the loan deal has ended). You cannot prohibit anyone from working. But I'm pretty sure he will stay at Chelsea (until the end of the year).”
De Andrade said he tried to get Pato to extend his Corinthians contract for another year, in order to minimise the risk of losing him on a free next January, but to no avail, “We could not agree the extension, the athlete did not. It was an idea of mine, I insisted on it. We made the loan with option to buy in June.
“I believe that if he does a stint playing you know, Chelsea will honour that. If he does not, he returns to Corinthians, "he said, ”We can say that we made the best of a bad situation. I would like him to be sold to end this situation at once. The problem here is we have extended (the issue) four or five months."