Gameiro lured by PSG ambition
Kevin Gameiro has admitted PSG's ambitious owners played a role in luring him to Parc des Princes.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 13/06/11 10:44am
New Paris St Germain signing Kevin Gameiro has admitted the club's ambitious owners played a role in luring him to Parc des Princes.
Gameiro left Lorient for PSG at the weekend, opting against a move abroad, with Newcastle United strongly linked with the France international.
The striker has signed a four-year deal with PSG and concedes he was attracted by the ambitions of Qatar Investment Authority, who took control of the club in May.
Gameiro told L'Equipe: "The new Qatar investors at PSG? I understood a new project is currently set and the Qatar investors want to build a great team.
"They are aiming for the UEFA Champions League for next season. That ambition attracted me. I really believe they want to build the biggest club in France.
"Paris already had a very good team last term. Adding some new players, it should increase ambitions. Paris will be able to aim higher. Why not the title?"
Gameiro continued: "I have always loved PSG and Parc des Princes. It is the club of my native area, and which thrilled me when I was kid.
"The PSG officials really did their very best to get me and I liked that. I also took into account Laurent Blanc's words, who advised young players to spend another season at a big French club before going abroad.
"It was even more important to me as my objective is to participate at Euro 2012. It is up to me to prove I can become a regular in the starting XI.
"Lille is a very big club, but Paris is the choice of my heart, I have always dreamt of playing play here."
PSG chairman Robin Leproux echoed Gameiro's aims, insisting the club, who finished fourth last season, could enjoy a marvellous 2011/12 campaign.
Leproux said: "We were determined to sign Kevin. It was important to send an ambitious sign from the start to the summer transfer window, to show we want to reach a new sportive level.
"I am very happy we were able to convince Kevin because he will obviously improve our attacking potential."