Pastore looking to grow
Javier Pastore has insisted he would only leave Palermo if he had the opportunity to join a big club.
Last Updated: 16/07/11 3:22pm
Javier Pastore has insisted he would only leave Palermo if he had the opportunity to join a big club and develop further as a player.
The Argentine's future has provided one of the transfer sagas of the summer so far as a number of sides chase his signature.
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini expects him to depart but is standing firm on a €50million (£45m) valuation of the 22-year-old.
Pastore maintains that he is not desperate to secure a move elsewhere but would find some offers too tempting to resist.
"If I were to leave Palermo, it would only be for a big club and continuing my professional growth with the opportunities I couldn't have here," he told Marca.
"President Maurizio Zamparini says he's sad to see me go, but at the same time he thinks it's the right moment to sell. We'll have to wait and see what happens."
The likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been linked with a move for Pastore, along with ambitious Spanish outfit Malaga.
Pastore is surprised to hear that Malaga might be in the running, but does not want to dwell on the transfer talk while he is away on international duty.
"I only learned about Malaga from the newspapers and I was astounded," he said.
"In any case, I don't want to hear anything about my future until the Copa America has concluded.
"I haven't played in the Liga, but my friends tell me there's more room from the midfield up.
"If that is true, then obviously that will suit my football. I haven't had a chance to play in Spain yet, but in future I could do. Who knows?"