Alexandre Pato will not be pushed out of Milan in the summer, former coach Ilario Castagner has told Goal.com.
Castagner, who coached Milan between 1982 and 1984 and has good links with the club, firmly believes Pato will not be squeezed into leaving following the arrivals of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Robinho and Antonio Cassano.
"Will he leave Milan in June? Absolutely not. He is a symbol for the Rossoneri, a player who allows the team to grow and one to save for the future," Castagner told Goal.com Italia.
"I remember when he arrived in Milan as an 18-year-old. I spoke to Carlo Ancelotti back then, and he told me Pato was the 'new Kaka'.
"He has immense quality and I think Milan will keep him as he is young."
Milan enjoyed a qualitative market in January, and Castagner believes it was among the best following the arrival of Cassano.
"I give them a nine out of 10 because they got the players needed to complete the squad.
"They got Cassano in great timing and the others can be useful to the squad."