Having only made two appearances for Chelsea since his arrival at the club on a loan deal in late January, it's hard to have a good grasp on Alexandre Pato's future with the club. Carrying a reported €12 million buying clause in his contract, the only thing that's clear is that Pato himself and friends such as Willian really want him to stay at the Bridge next season.
With plenty of rumors, both positive (staying at Chelsea/Europe) and negative (tuck tail back to Brazil) about his future in the media, Pato went on Twitter to reveal ... well, nothing actually. Just that he will be "the first to announce" when there will be anything new to announce.
Tenho contrato com o Chelsea até final de junho. Então alguns meios de comunicação irão falar muitas coisas. Quando tiver alguma coisa— PATO (@AlexandrePato) 9 de maio de 2016
Eu serei o primeiro a falar para vocês! Então... Melhor acreditar no que eu falo do que alguns jornais falam! #VamosChelsea— PATO (@AlexandrePato) 9 de maio de 2016
"I have a contract with Chelsea until June. So, many media outlets will speculate [on my situation]. When anything comes up I'll be the first to announce it to you! So... it's better to believe in what I say rather than the ramblings of newspapers! #ComeOnChelsea"
The latest on Pato's situation is that incoming manager Antonio Conte is supposdly a "keen admirer" and is willing to keep him around for next season. Meanwhile in Brazil, Corinthians president Roberto de Andrade said last month that his club would welcome back Pato if the buyout clause isn't exercised.
Pato would certainly be a cheap back-up option, as a young-ish striker with a bit of upside, but whether Chelsea or Conte see the player as someone valuable enough remains to be seen.