Hiddink explains why Chelsea’s Pato loan move has been delayed

Date published: Friday 29th January 2016 1:43

Alexandre Pato: Not played for Chelsea yet

Alexandre Pato: Not played for Chelsea yet

Guus Hiddink is confident Chelsea will complete the loan signing of Alexandre Pato – despite admitting the deal had stalled over ‘paperwork’ issues.

Pato, 26, is expected to secure a loan move to Chelsea from Corinthians before Monday’s 11pm transfer deadline.

The Brazil striker is in London and has reportedly agreed terms over a six-month loan deal which could become permanent if he impresses at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had been expected to announce the deal on Thursday, but interim boss Hiddink explained there are still hurdles to overcome before his arrival is complete.

“He is in London, he was well spotted. Nowadays there are no secrets,” Hiddink said.

“He is now in the process of the paperwork so we don’t rush it and we see how soon it can be solved and he can be on the pitch.”

The player has expressed his delight at securing his move to Chelsea and could make his debut in Wednesday night’s trip to face Watford once the transfer is finalised.

Hiddink, however, insists signing Pato is a risk worth taking for Chelsea.

“It’s not a gamble,” Hiddink said.

“Coming on loan makes it possible to have a good view on him, whether he is able to adapt to the high demands of the club and the league.”

Pato has been hampered by injuries in recent seasons and it is uncertain when he will first be available to Hiddink and Chelsea.

The Dutchman described the move as “a brave step” and the success or failure depends on the player.

He added: “It’s up to him.”

New York Red Bulls defender Matt Miazga’s move is near completion, too.

“We’re not rushing, but he will be one of the squad members for the future,” Hiddink added.

 

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