Thursday, June 21, 2018

Pastore talks up AC Milan move; Pjanic flattered by Chelsea interest

Paris Saint-Germain attacking midfielder Javier Pastore has talked up a potential move to Italian giants AC Milan after revealing that ‘something is wrong’ in France, Sky Sports understands.

Pastore, who joined PSG for a transfer fee in the region of €39.8 million from Serie A side Palermo in August 2011, has bagged two goals and five assists in 21 competitive matches for Les Parisiens this season.

“Sooner or later, I will play for the Rossoneri,” revealed Pastore. “I have a wonderful relationship with (vice-president) Adriano Galliani.

“We will have lunch together away from prying eyes when we next meet up in Milan.

“Milan is a magical club. That’s how I feel about it.”

The Argentina international’s comments will surely make him out-of-favour with PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club’s sporting director Leonardo, despite the 23-year-old’s pledge to remain at the Parc des Princes until he wins a trophy.

Pastore has millions of reasons, literally, to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, but the French media is not one.

“The media is hostile – especially with foreigners. They always blame us and protect their fellow countrymen,” added the Argentine.

“With the French media cheering for the French players it has been very difficult for me to settle down. In Italy it is a different story.

“There are people there who help you and give you love.”

Now then, I have a hunch that the media will not be too kind to Pastore following these comments, and perhaps rightfully so.

In addition to criticising the French media, Pastore also revealed that he would not be thrilled to play alongside, but most likely in-behind, Mario Balotelli — who is being linked with a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain after a series of incidents at Manchester City.

“Playing with Balotelli? He causes too much trouble,” said Pastore.

Pjanic flattered by Chelsea interest

AS Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has revealed he is happy to be linked with a club like Chelsea, while maintaining that he has a contract at the Stadio Olimpico, Sky Sports reports.

Pjanic, 22, has been in fine form for both club and country — Bosnia-Herzegovina — this season, with five goals and five assists to his name in 19 appearances.

According to reports, Chelsea view Pjanic as the potential replacement of Frank Lampard, who is being linked with a move to Queens Park Rangers in January, potentially reuniting him with his former West Ham United boss Harry Redknapp.

QPR are playing their best football of the season at the moment, and are currently on a four-match unbeaten run under the newly appointed Redknapp.

Pjanic would likely cost Chelsea somewhere  in the region of €2o million, but that should not be an issue due to Roman Abramovich’s deep pockets.


Shawn Etemadi



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