MILAN Jan 7 New AC Milan forward Pato has set
his sights on starting Sunday's Serie A match at home to Napoli
after arriving in Italy.
The 18-year-old, a sensation at the 2007 World Youth Cup,
signed for the European champions in August from Brazil's
Internacional but has had to wait until January to become
A late bureaucratic hitch threatened to rob Pato of the
chance to make his debut but the Italian league said last week
that his registration had been completed and barring any more
red tape he now looks poised to link up with compatriot Kaka.
"I feel ready to start. Certainly there is a bit of emotion
but I'm calm. I don't feel any pressure," Pato told reporters
after arriving in Milan at the weekend.
"I have a week of training in front of me. I have to work
hard and then I will hope to be on the field from the start."
Noises from Milan's mid-season training camp in Dubai have
suggested Pato could well be thrown in at the deep end when
their stuttering Serie A season resumes on Sunday.
Milan have failed to win at the San Siro against Italian
opposition this season and are languishing in mid-table.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti is under pressure and despite saying
in August that Pato was one for the future, he looks ready to
put his faith in the youngster straight away, especially as
Ronaldo and Filippo Inzaghi are not fully fit.
"He will definitely give us something more in terms of
quality and we are not scared of giving the lad too much
responsibility," Ancelotti said last week.
(Reporting by Mark Meadows; editing by Rex Gowar)