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Pato link delights Terry

10 Jun 2009 - 15:40:46

Chelsea captain John Terry has welcomed the news that AC Milan starlet Alexandre Pato is keen to move to Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old has already admitted his interest in sealing a transfer to the Blues, who are now managed by former Rossoneri boss Carlo Ancelotti.

AC Milan insist the teenager, who moved to the San Siro from Brazilian club Internacional for £19.6million two years ago, is not for sale, but Pato is believed to have been unsettled by Kaka's switch to Real Madrid.

Terry told the London Evening Standard: "I've heard some great things about him and how good a player he is, so it will be brilliant if Chelsea could sign him.

"It's great to hear he wants to talk to the new manager. I want Chelsea to be linked with the best players in the world, as I'm sure the fans do, and he's definitely one of those. He's fantastic."

Meanwhile, Terry hopes the club can tie Ashley Cole, who has yet to agree terms on a new deal, down to a long-term contract.

The former Arsenal full-back has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona, but Terry said: "He's been brilliant for club and country and I really want his contract to get resolved at Chelsea.

"I hope it gets done because it's very important we keep players like Ashley as well as adding to our squad. He's been in fantastic form.

"I'll be in contact with him and the club over the summer to see if it gets done. He's fully proved himself. The fans love him and the players do too, we gave him our Players' Player of the Year Award.

"It's a nice boost for him as well, you can see him playing with a lot of confidence and for me he's one of the best left-backs in the world. It's very important we keep him at the club."


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