Agent reveals thoughts on Pato’s Chelsea inactivity

Pato: Not fit enough to play

The agent of Alexandre Pato says “there’s no issue” by the player’s lack of first-team action at Chelsea.

Pato, 26, joined on a season-long loan from Brazilian side Corinthians in January, but has yet to play a single minute for the club with Guus Hiddink revealing youngster Bertrand Traore was ahead of him in the pecking order.

However, Pato’s agent Gilmar Veloz told Radio Bandeirantes in Brazil that he and the player were relaxed about Pato’s lack of action at Stamford Bridge.

“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.”