As Brazilian striker arrives at Heathrow to complete his loan switch
- Alexandre Pato will move on loan to Chelsea until the end of the season
- Striker landed at Heathrow on Wednesday after flying in from Sao Paulo
- He told cameras at the airport: ‘I’m so happy, to stay here for my dream’
- Pato thanked Chelsea and his fans for the support they have given
Alexandre Pato has spoken about his move to Chelsea for the first time as he puts the finishing touches on his loan switch, confirming: ‘Chelsea is my new home.’
Pato will join Guus Hiddink’s squad until the end of the season with the option for a potential £7million switch if his return to Europe is successful.
The former AC Milan striker landed at Heathrow at lunchtime on Wednesday after an 11-and-a-half-hour journey from Sao Paulo and said it was a ‘dream’ move.
Alexandre Pato hailed his move to Chelsea as a ‘dream’ on arrival at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday
Pato strikes a pose for the cameras as he walks through Heathrow Terminal 3 ahead of completing his move
Incoming Chelsea striker Pato was all smiles as he got into the back of a car to take him from the airport
Pato has been brought to London to offer support and back-up to Chelsea’s first-choice striker Diego Costa
Pato arrives after a prolific campaign with Sao Paulo brought him back into the thoughts of European clubs
Asked how he felt, Pato said: ‘So happy, so happy, I stay here for my dream. Chelsea is my new home ‘Thanks Chelsea for the support. Thank you for my fans.
‘I need to play I need to… I don’t know what to say because I am so happy today.’
Speaking to Sky Sports in English, he added: ‘I am very anxious. I want to know my new friends, new players, friends in the team. I’m really happy to play for Chelsea.’
Pato sported tweed flat cap and a blue cardigan over a white t-shirt as he walked through arrivals at Heathrow Terminal 3.
He will provide competition for first-choice striker Diego Costa while also offering options in a wide role similar to the one he flourished in with Sao Paulo.
The addition of the 26-year-old gives Chelsea a fourth senior striker in their first-team squad, although either Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao could be on their way out later this month.
Pato is pictured at Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport before his 11-and-a-half-hour flight
Chelsea have been finalising a deal for the Brazilian striker as they look to add to their firepower
The 26-year-old forged a great reputation at AC Milan but moved back to Brazil over three years ago
The deal could become a permanent one, with the two clubs involved discussing a potential £7million switch
Pato represented Brazil at the London Olympics in 2012 and has scored 10 times while earning 27 caps
ALEXANDRE PATO CAREER STATS
12 goals in 27 games (in all competitions)
AC Milan 2007-2013
63 goals in 150 games
17 goals in 62 games
Sao Paulo (loan) 2014-2015
38 goals in 95 games
French forward Remy has attracted interest from Crystal Palace and a host of other clubs but is leaning towards a return to Newcastle United, where he spent the 2013-14 campaign.
Chelsea would like to send loan flop Falcao back to his parent club Monaco but they are unwilling to take him while he is out injured with a thigh problem.
After scoring 26 goals on loan at Sao Paulo last year, Pato is ready to test himself in England and strongly hinted at a move to the Premier League in an interview with The Mail On Sunday in December.
‘One day I knew I would like to come to England because I think the championship is No 1 in the world,’ he said. ‘It is very competitive. I like the emotion in the English league.’
Meanwhile, Chelsea are also ready to finalise a move for New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga. The 20-year-old has a Polish passport and will therefore not require a work permit.
Loic Remy is leaning towards a return to Newcastle United despite interest from a host of other clubs
Chelsea want to send Radamel Falcao back to Monaco but the French club are unwilling to take the loan flop
Source: Daily Mail