Javier Pastore insists he is happy at Paris St Germain, but should Roma call, he would be interested in hearing them out.
The 24-year-old earned a fine reputation during a two-year stint in Italy with Palermo, which led to him being transferred to the French capital for a fee of €39.8million in August 2011. He played in all but five of PSG’s Ligue 1 matches last season, as they won the title for the first time since 1994.
This term Pastore has featured in 16 matches in all competition, but only eight of these have come from a starting position. This has led to speculation surrounding his future, with reports suggesting coach Laurent Blanc is prepared to offload the Argentine in exchange for Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic.
Although the Argentina international insists he is happy in Paris, where he remains under contract until the summer of 2016, he can’t help but be tempted by the supposed interest from the Giallorossi. And should he receive a call from the Serie A giants, he admits he would have to listen to what was on offer.
“I am happy here and, as I’ve said, I don’t want to leave,” the midfielder told Fox Sports. “Roma? There are teams that have spoken with the club and with my agent. Roma are doing very well and have a strong squad. If they were to call me then I’d have to see what happens. But at the moment I am happy in Paris.”
Earlier this month, Pastore was linked with an unlikely move to Liverpool. However, when asked about the possibility of the player leaving the club this month, PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi appeared somewhat bemused, telling L’Equipe: “I am not sure Pastore wants to leave. When a player is unhappy it is difficult to keep him. But that is not the case with Pastore. I still have big faith in him.”