AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident that reported Chelsea target Alexandre Pato will not leave the club in the January transfer window reports skysports.com.
The 22-year-old Brazilian forward recently admitted his relationship with the Milan boss had come under strain, leading to speculation Pato could leave the San Siro.
The South American sensation has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, with former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti a known admirer of the talented youngster.
Andre Villas-Boas is believed to hold some interest in bringing Pato to Chelsea, but the Portuguese tactician could now face competition from big-spending Paris Saint Germain - who have been linked with a €50million bid for the player following the appointment of Ancelotti.
However, Allegri insists that Pato will remain in Italy for the remainder of his contract, which runs until 2014, and played down speculation linking the forward with moves to Chelsea or PSG.
"Pato is a Milan player and I hope that he remains here for at least the rest of the season," he said. "I'm sure he will stay with us.
"A vent in the newspapers can happen, but he remains an important player for us."News Now - Sport News