New Chelsea signing Alexandre Pato says he is fit to make his debut for the club against Manchester United following completion of his loan move from Corinthians. The 26-year-old has moved to Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2015-16 season but having not played since November 2015 is short of match fitness.
The Brazil international was overlooked to make his debut in the goalless draw with Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday (3 February) but now has the remainder of the week to prepare for the visit of Louis van Gaal's side to Stamford Bridge on Sunday (7 February). Pato has taken a full part in training this week and with Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy both out, could be included to support Diego Costa.
Interim Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has expressed concerns over the physical well-being of Pato with the player having not seen first football since featuring in Sao Paulo's win against Figueirense on 28 November. But the former AC Milan forward is adamant he is on the brink of achieving full fitness.
"I feel very good physically," he told the official Chelsea website. "Obviously as a player you need game time to be at your best but I feel prepared, I have been training well, and hopefully with games and time I can adapt.
"I have heard a lot about the Premier League and I had the chance to play against English opposition when I was at AC Milan, including Chelsea. It's a different league, very hard, very physical, with a lot of contact, and hopefully with my pace and my ability I will be able to help the team.
"I'm hoping to contribute a lot and have a great time here. I know I only have a few months until the end of the season but what I can promise is that I am prepared to do my best, and I am prepared to play to the best of my ability to help during the few months left of the campaign."