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Chelsea flop tipped to rejoin Brazilian club rather than extend loan deal

Alexandre Pato was by all accounts a disappointment for Chelsea after limited time and equally limited contributions to the team. Rather try and get another chance under Antonio Conte, Pato appears poised to return to Brazil and re-up with his club.

According to the Metro, Pato could return to Corinthians when his loan deal with Chelsea expires. Per the source, Pato had been previously tipped to extend his loan deal with Chelsea. But Roberto de Andrade said that the recent coaching changes at the Brazilian club can open the door for Pato to return if the new coach wants him to play.

‘The technical part I cannot answer,’ Andrade said.

‘The coach is different, we have new life at the club. If Pato is back, the coach will talk to him. Let’s wait and see what happens.

‘He plays for Corinthians, I will pay the salary. Why not? There is no problem.’

Pato joined Chelsea on a loan deal from Corinthians this past winter, but made just two appearances for the club in almost half a year at Stamford Bridge. He scored in his debut appearance against Aston Villa then made just one more appearance before spending the rest of the season on the bench or off the gameday lineup.

The 26-year-old Brazilian earned distinction in 2009 when he won the prestigious Golden Boy Award for his stellar season with AC Milan and the Brazilian national team.

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