Alexandre Pato eager to make Chelsea contribution

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Chelsea loan signing Alexandre Pato has spoken of his desire to help push the Blues up the league table during his six-month spell at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazilian says he is at peak condition following his switch to the Premier League, where he expects to encounter an extremely demanding style of football in terms of tempo and physicality.

"I feel very good physically," Pato told Chelsea's official website.


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"Obviously as a player you need game time to be at your best but I feel prepared, I have been training well, and hopefully with games and time I can adapt.”

"I have heard a lot about the Premier League and I had the chance to play against English opposition when I was at AC Milan, including Chelsea [in a 2009 friendly].

“It's a different league, very hard, very physical, with a lot of contact, and hopefully with my pace and my ability I will be able to help the team. I'm hoping to contribute a lot and have a great time here."

Pato has a small Brazilian contingent comprising Oscar, Willian and Kenedy to help him settle into the Chelsea dressing room, but time is not on his side in his bid to cement a first-team role at the club.

With 14 league fixtures remaining this season, he must get to get grips quickly if he is to make a significant impact in a Blues shirt - something he insists is at the forefront of his priorities.

"I know I only have a few months until the end of the season but what I can promise is that I am prepared to do my best, and I am prepared to play to the best of my ability to help during the few months left of the campaign."

The 26-year-old took an extended break from European competition to ply his trade with Corinthians and then Sao Paolo in Brazil after a few disappointing, injury-ravaged years at AC Milan between 2011 and 2013.

Pato says he used the time in his homeland to gain a better understanding of how to maximise his physical output while keeping himself off the treatment table.

Armed with this new-found awareness, he is itching to reestablish himself on the biggest stage in the football world.

"I went to Brazil [after leaving Milan in January 2013] to learn more about my body and my physique: what to do before training, during training, after training, even after the match.

"I learned a lot about myself and how to look after myself, and now Chelsea have opened the doors to me for this opportunity. I am very happy to be back in Europe."

Manager Guus Hiddink has confirmed Pato, who will wear the number 11, is officially eligible to make his first appearance for his new side having completed the necessary paperwork during the week.

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