'It's incredible that we are playing Barcelona for the sixth time' - Galliani

The AC Milan vice-president insists that his side will do their best to progress while revealing he has received offers for Alexandre Pato and Robinho
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani was left shocked by the Champions League last 16 draw that saw the Italian outfit paired with Barcelona for the fifth time in six seasons.

Then under Pep Guardiola, the Blaugrana recorded two wins and two draws against the Rossoneri, but, the club's CEO is taking heart from his side's performances across the four ties.

"Do you know that we will being playing Barcelona for the sixth time in just over a year?" he was quoted saying the Corriere dello Sport.

"It's really incredible. They were assigned to us because the other teams could not face each other, so we were the default option. Barcelona play the best football in the world with the best players in the world.

"Still, we will try and eliminate them, and we will take much from our displays last time round against them where we put on a good show."

Galliani went on to state that only one of Robinho and Alexandre Pato would be allowed to leave the club in January, but refused to be drawn on rumours linking Didier Drogba with a move to San Siro.

"We won’t sign any more strikers, even if one of the current roster leaves. If both of them go, then we’ll see what we will do," he continued.

“We haven’t decided yet on Robinho and Pato, as it’s still only December. The Brazilian transfer session ends on April 15.

“Was the offer for Pato satisfying? We’ll see. Robinho wants to go back to Brazil because his family is there and it’s a personal choice. We received an offer from Santos which we rejected, but there has not been a second proposal yet.

“Brazilian football has grown on an economic level, as with sponsorship deals and pay-per-view television the clubs can afford more than they could in the past. We will speak with Pato and Robinho to decide what to do.

“For now Pato and Robinho are Milan players. Our books are balanced and we are even set to make a profit. Any potential Pato and Binho sales would go into the 2013 budget.

“I won’t comment on the Drogba rumours. We have never considered [Pablo] Armero. [Clarence] Seedorf will continue playing in Brazil.”