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Chelsea & Conte yet to contact Pato over future

Chelsea and Antonio Conte are yet to speak to Alexandre Pato over his future at the club beyond the end of the season.

The striker moved on loan to Stamford Bridge in January until the end of the season, but had to wait until April 2 for his first appearances due to concerns over his fitness.

Pato scored on his debut from the penalty spot, but made just one further outing under interim manager Guus Hiddink and has just a month left on his own temporary deal.

"Chelsea has not given the player, me, or anyone any information regarding Pato's future," Pato's agent Gilmar Veloz told Goal.

Conte was announced as Chelsea's next manager on a three-year deal two days after Pato's debut and has set about assessing the squad ahead of his Euro 2016 commitments with Italy.

John Terry has seen his expiring deal extended for a further year, and Conte has instructed the club to sign a new big-name striker - with Gonzalo Higuain, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata identified.


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Summer bids for striker Diego Costa will be resisted, but Loic Remy's future remains in doubt and loanee Radamel Falcao was sent back to Monaco after a torrid second season in the Premier League.

Pato is keen to stay at Chelsea, as Kia Joorabchian exclusively told Goal in April , and Veloz is surprised at the lack of communication from Conte and the club as the loan deal nears expiration.

Veloz added: "We received the news that Mr. Conte was revising the players in the squad, however, he did not contact Pato or me to talk about his future as well.

"For now, Pato's future is still in the open, Chelsea has the option to buy, but if they don't then we will begin looking for other clubs. As of the moment, we must first wait to hear the club's decision."

The Brazilian hopes to stay in the Premier League should an extension to his Chelsea fail to materalise, with another London-based club his preference, though is willing to relocate in England rather than head back to Corinthians.