Pato drops Premier League hint

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AC Milan playmaker Alexandre Pato has suggested he would be willing to swap Serie A for the Premier League – but only in 2014 when his contract with the Italian giants expires.

Pato only managed 16 appearances for Milan last term after a recurrence of a troublesome thigh injury.

However the 22-year-old is set to represent his country at the Olympics in London in summer having finally overcome his injury complaints.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for the Brazilian youngster before but he insists that he is happy at Milan for the time being, although a move to either Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester United could be on the cards in the near future.

"I have friends who play for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United," he said.

"At the moment I have a real taste for playing in the UK, being in London with one month to go before the Olympics.

"My priority is to finish my contract in Milan.

"I have a lot to thank them for and my focus is to continue doing what I do, to bring joy to the fans in Milan and continue my contract until 2014.

"And then afterwards, who knows?"

Brazil face Great Britain in a pre-Olympics friendly at the Riverside Stadium on July 20 as both sides begin their preparations for the games, which get underway a week later.

After a frustrating domestic season with Milan, Pato has set his sights on helping Brazil scoop their first football gold medal in Olympic history, something he believes is achievable despite the presence of Team GB going for gold on home soil.

“I hope I will only meet them (Team GB) in the friendly because in the Olympics they will be a very difficult side to beat, especially at home,” he commented.

"This will be the third time London has hosted the Olympics and football is very important here and I think Great Britain will be going for the title.

"Football is very important in Brazil and of all the times we have played at the Olympics we have never won a gold medal.

"In Beijing we won the bronze, which wasn't what was expected of us. But for me, getting that medal stirred up great emotion.

"If that was the emotion in winning the bronze I don't know what it would be like to win gold."

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