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AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that the Serie A club were once on the verge of signing Barcelona star Xavi.

The 30-year-old recently was the architect of the Blaugrana’s 5-0 el Clasico victory over Real Madrid and was also a key member of Spain’s 2010 World Cup winning squad.

“A few years ago we were a millimetre away from signing Xavi, a player I always liked very much,” he said during a press conference.

“We had spoken to his father. We were very close but then he decided to extend his stay at Barcelona.

“Barca play beautiful football. I don’t know if they can play it for all 12 months. They handle the ball very well and move it with great speed, at this time they are stratospheric, but football has its ups and downs.”

Meanwhile, he said the Rossoneri are determined to find out the cause of Alexandre Pato’s constant injuries.

“We confirm a trip in mid-December for an important visit to Duke University in North Carolina,” he explained.

“Pato came to us in August 2007 and until December 31, 2009 did not experience any major injuries. In 2010 he has missed 152 days for various injuries. We need to understand why. We need Pato.”

Source: Goal.com

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