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Former AC Milan Star Alexandre Pato Leaves Tianjin Tianhai After A Two-Year Stint

Former AC Milan Star Alexandre Pato Leaves Tianjin Tianhai After A Two-Year Stint

Alexandre Pato has become a free agent after announcing that he has left Tianjin Tianhai.

The 29-year-old Brazilian forward was once a rising star in Europe, but an injury-plagued career stopped his momentum right in its tracks.

Pato had spent the last two years with Tianjin Tianhai, having made 47 appearances and scoring 30 times for the Chinese Super League side.

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Taking to his official Facebook page, the former AC Milan star confirmed his departure from the club.

"I'd like to inform you that my adventure in China has come to an end," he said in a statement.

"These two years in China were full of happy moments and new experiences. I am quite sure that China made me grow up as a man, I [learned] different culture and habits of this great country.

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"I'm proud for sharing my love for football, for giving my contribution to Chinese football and for helping the team with my goals to reach the Asian Champions League for the first time in [the] club's history and to win against many strong opponents.

"I would like to thank my club, my teammates, coaches, all the working people in the club, my fans who always supported me with love and all the nice Chinese people I met during these two years in China

"China, I will be forever grateful to you. Love, Pato."

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The former Villarreal and Corinthians player was linked with a return to the San Siro in the January transfer window, but a move failed to materialise.

However, Pato admitted in October that he could make a return to I Rossoneri once his future in China came to an end.

"Joking aside, though, I have a year on my contract here in China and we'll see what happens," he said at the time.

"I receive so many comments every day from Milan fans on social media, from Italy and around the world.

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"That makes me happy, and it makes me think that despite some years having passed since I left, the affection from the fans has never gone away.

"Who would I like to play with at Milan? That's a question I'd ask the fans: with whom would you like to see me play in this Milan?"

Should Milan re-sign Pato in the summer?

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Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Football News, Football, AC Milan, San Siro, Chinese Super League, Alexandre Pato, China

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