Saturday May 21 2011
Zampa: 'Stronger without Pastore'

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini believes his men can win the Coppa Italia against Inter and “this team would be stronger without Javier Pastore.”

The fiery patron also aimed another sideswipe at Coach Delio Rossi, whose contract expires in June.

“Rossi's future here depends on whether he accepts the wages I'll propose. He hasn't understood yet that we will all pass through, but the fans remain. The important thing in life is to do things with love. If we both love Palermo and the supporters, then it can be done.”

Over the past few weeks Zamparini has declared star Pastore is not for sale, then set a €100m price-tag, but changed tack yet again.

“I love Pastore like a son and remember when he first arrived here that his shoes were too tight. I drove him to the store and together we chose better sneakers. That's when he realised the human qualities of his President.

“Pastore is a great talent and will be the trequartista of the next 10 years, no doubt winning the Ballon d'Or. He was hurt by criticism this season and that's hard for a 21-year-old to take.

“However, if we did sell him, then with the money he'd bring in we would make a stronger team without Pastore.

“Could someone in Italy invest in Pastore? I think so. One has already hinted at it, a club that wants to get back into the top of Italian football, while another threw in some bait.”

Among those linked with a push for Pastore are Juventus, Inter, Milan and Roma.

Meanwhile, Palermo can take silverware this season, as they face Inter in the Coppa Italia Final next week.

“I am convinced that we can win it, but if that doesn't happen then it won't be a disaster.”

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