AC Milan star Pato: Leonardo has advised me since I was 16

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has revealed he's known coach Leonardo since he was 16 years of age.

AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato has revealed he's known coach Leonardo since he was 16 years of age.

Pato has thrived under the guidance of Leonardo this season and feels he can reach his potential working for his fellow Brazilian.

"Leonardo is a person of very clear mind. The first time I met him I was at the airport, I was 16 and was about to embark for Japan with the Under 17 team," said Pato.

"He came over and asked me how I was and gave me advice I still remember: do not leave your club, wait, it is too soon to make the big jump.

"Two years later he introduced me to Milan when he was a manager. I wonder if even back then he intended to sign me."

Pato added: "I always felt at home at Milan. Really. When I first decided to join, I received phone calls from Emerson and Serginho, they said: 'Welcome to your new family'."

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