Carlo Ancelotti has fueled speculation that Paris Saint-Germain could revive its interest in Alexandre Pato by claiming that the AC Milan forward fits its criteria.
The Brazil international was believed to be close to completing a 35 million euro transfer to the Parc des Princes in January but eventually decided against making the move. However, rumors linking the two parties have resurfaced following reports that the 23-year-old is unhappy with life at the Serie A side.
In response to recent speculation, Ancelotti - who coached the striker at the Rossoneri between 2007 and 2009 - described the South American as a player who matches PSG's profile, but insisted that there is nothing wrong with his current crop of attackers.
"He did not call me. I'm not his friend and he was only my player [at Milan], but Pato has the profile to play for PSG," the coach told RTL. "He is a fantastic goalscorer, but we cannot sign all the strikers in the world. We have very good players for the position, such as [Jeremy] Menez, [Ezequiel] Lavezzi and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic."
Ancelotti's side romped to a 4-0 victory over Troyes on Saturday, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 200th and 201st league goals and strikes from Blaise Matuidi and Maxwell proving enough to end a run of three Ligue 1 matches without a win.
"We played intelligently," he added. "You do not want to use too much energy. We traveled to Ukraine on Wednesday so it was hard to recover. Our attacking strategy was very well executed. In the second half we found space and took advantage of it.
"[Replacing] Pastore was a tactical choice. I thought Nene could make more use of the spaces. Ibra is a very important player. He is one of the best strikers in the world. Regarding Matuidi, he managed to hit a high level of performance, which is what we've come to expect from him."
Following last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Rennes, the Italian admitted that his team was in a midst of a crisis, but despite the emphatic manner of its success this time around he is remaining coy on any immediate recovery.
"I think we should wait," Ancelotti noted. "You must understand that when you try to build a strong team, sometimes you can lose. We are not yet strong enough to be a team that plays with continuity. But this week, the team reacted very well.
"They scored six goals, without conceding, and we qualified for the Champions League knockout stages. Over six days, that's a lot."
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