Pato agent: Now we play the Chelsea waiting game

Date published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 2:29 - Daniel Storey

The agent of Chelsea loan signing Alexandre Pato says that he is not disturbed by his client’s lack of first-team action.

Pato joined from Brazilian side Corinthians in January, but has yet to play a single minute for the club. He’s a January signing who made us wonder why they bothered.

However, Pato’s agent Gilmar Veloz told Radio Bandeirantes in Brazil that he and the player were relaxed about the situation.

“England is not like Brazil, where you sign someone and immediately have to play them,” Veloz said.

“The manager was clear and said two or three times that Pato has to wait until he’s reached the [fitness] level of the other players.

“He had four weeks of special training. After the third, he was already starting to get up to speed and waiting for his moment to be in the squad. But since he arrived the team has been winning, with the attackers scoring goals.

“There’s no issue, it’s a normal situation. We have to wait.”

Guus Hiddink said that Pato arrived in “pre-season shape”. It wasn’t meant as a compliment.

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