Tuesday July 12 2011
Pastore prefers Italian switch

Javier Pastore has confirmed that he would like to stay in Italy if he leaves Palermo this summer.

Rosanero chief Maurizio Zamparini yesterday stated that four foreign clubs have shown an interest in him, while one Italian side remains in the shadows.

"If I leave Palermo then it will certainly be to join a stronger side," the Argentine told Sky Sport Italia.

"The President is in contact with my agent, but I don't really know too much about it," continued the midfielder.

"I'm calm about the situation and am just concentrating on my national side at this point in time.

"I've been playing in Italy for two years and I'm very happy there. I would like to stay on the peninsula."

Zamparini noted that the mystery Italian club monitoring the player's situation is either Milan or Inter.

But Pastore has also been linked with a switch to Roma given his relationship with sporting director Walter Sabatini, the man who signed him for Palermo.

"I spoke to Sabatini before I left Italy this summer, he's a great and a good guy," the playmaker continued.

Having valued Pastore as highly as €60m last season, Zamparini is now saying that the player can be signed for €45m.

Real Madrid, Malaga, Chelsea and Manchester United are believed to be the clubs watching the 22-year-old.

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