PSG are right for Pastore
Javier Pastore is looking forward to winning titles at PSG, having shunned interest from elsewhere.
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 09/08/11 3:23pm
Javier Pastore is looking forward to winning titles at Paris St Germain, having shunned interest from elsewhere.
The Argentina international found himself at the centre of intense transfer speculation this summer, as interest in his services mounted.
Italian outfit Palermo did their best to keep the South American playmaker in Serie A, but were quickly forced to accept that a deal would be done.
They have been able to bring in a sizeable fee for Pastore, with it reported that €42million (£36.7m) has changed hands.
PSG are in a position to finance such a deal after welcoming Qatari investors onto their board this summer.
Pastore claims the club are now looking to establish themselves as a dominant force in European football and believes he was right to turn down big-money offers from England and Spain in favour of a switch to the French capital.
"For me, moving to France does not mean I am taking a step backwards," said the 22-year-old midfielder, who was reported to be a top target for Chelsea at one stage.
"I think Ligue 1 will soon rival the leagues in Spain, England or Italy. This will happen in a few years and I have accepted the PSG approach thanks to the project on offer, not the money.
"If this was about money, I would have accepted earlier offers from England and Spain."
Pastore is convinced he can help PSG secure silverware in the near future and claims the hefty price tag he has demanded will not weigh heavy around his shoulders.
He added: "Forty-two millions euros? These things don't mean anything to me. It is an agreement between two clubs. I have no pressure because of that.
"I am focused purely on the games and I am looking to win titles."