Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore has dedicated his stunning hat-trick in the Sicilian derby to Diego Maradona.
The 21-year-old Argentine put in a truly memorable performance that will only increase the level and quality of interest in his services.
"I have never scored a hat-trick before, not even in my country," Pastore said.
"I dedicate it to Maradona. When I return to Argentina I will go and find him.
"He has been too important for me.
"I cared about playing the derby even though I shouldn't have been on the pitch because of a knee problem.
"My thoughts go to my family and the doctors who allowed me win this challenge."
Meanwhile Maurizio Zamparini ruled out any question of Pastore leaving in the summer, even amid interest from Barcelona.
"He will stay for another year and then he can go to more important clubs."
Zamparini is preparing a new five-year contract for Pastore, partly to protect his value.
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