Paris Saint-Germain chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has poured water on rumours that Javier Pastore would want to leave the French champions during the January transfer window. The Argentinean playmaker has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that have surrounded him since his big-money move from Palermo in 2011.
With PSG rumoured to be open to the idea of selling the Argentina international, a number of European clubs are been linked with Pastore, with Liverpool, now 4/6 to finish in the top four, rumoured to be very interested in taking the midfielder to the Premier League.
However, despite the rumours, Al-Khelaifi believes Pastore is happy in Paris and insists the 24-year-old has played an important role in the club’s recent history, in which the midfielder was one of the first major players signed by the ambitious Qatari owners.
“I am not sure Pastore wants to leave. When a player is unhappy it is difficult to keep him. But it is not the case with Pastore. We will never forget he was one of the very first key players to join our project,” said the PSG chairman.
“We are loyal to our players as we ask them to be loyal to the club. Pastore is both a man and player of quality. Maybe he is in a difficult period, but he remains one of the biggest talents in the football world.”
After a somewhat disappointing opening season in Paris in which he managed to muster just four goals and eight assists for a side consistently favourite in the French football odds, Pastore hasn’t been as important a member of the PSG side as he would have liked. After a modest first half of the season in Ligue 1, Pastore opened his account for the campaign with the opening goal in his side’s 3-1 League Cup victory against Bordeaux.
Paris St Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has admitted he is still keen to agree fresh terms at the club despite talk over a new contract continuing to drag on. The tough-tackling France international has been linked with a move to the Premier League since the summer, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea closely monitoring the situation at PSG.
There are a number of Premier League clubs in the market for a midfielder of Matuidi’s calibre, and current Betfair favourites Manchester City reportedly in the lead to sign the Frenchman if no new deal at PSG is agreed.
While speculation in France suggests a deal is close, with Matuidi set to prolong his stay in the capital until 2018, the 26-year old has admitted he doesn’t know for certain whether he’ll sign a new contract with the current Ligue 1 champions, who are firm favourites with Betfair to defend their title this season. PSG know they need to move quickly, well aware that Matuidi will be free to discuss pre-contract terms with interested parties in the new year.
The France international claims ‘anything can happen’ from this point, but has insisted he would be more than happy to stay in Paris if a suitable offer is put to him in.
“I am really at ease at PSG. My first wish would be to stay. But you can wish for something and sometimes it doesn’t happen,” said the former Saint-Etienne star.
“The club has a special place in my heart, but anything can happen in a career.”
Matuidi has been an ever-present in the PSG side this season, playing a key role in the club’s sensational start to the season that sees them odds on favourites with Betfair to retain the title. The midfielder has also managed to establish himself as an important part of the France side that clawed their way into next summer’s World Cup, and Matuidi will be hoping to be on that plane to Brazil next year.
Thiago Silva has praised fellow defender,Marquinhos’ impact since his arrival at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
The youngster moved to Europe with Roma at the start of the 2012 campaign and his form for the Giallorossi saw him linked with a number of Europe’s top sides.
Barcelona were initially the frontrunners to sign him in the summer but he opted to join the revolution at the Parc des Princes in a deal worth €32million.
Despite his massive price tag, the teenager struggled to break into the PSG starting line-up at first, with compatriot, Alex, often being preferred in defence alongside Silva due to Laurent Blanc’s desire to stick with the partnership that won the title last term.
However, an injury to the skipper saw him earn a run of games in the side and he certainly has not let fans who bet on football down, scoring three times in his 11 appearances, as Les Parisiens continued their fine start to the campaign.
His form earned him his first cap for Brazil against Honduras at the weekend and the 19-year-old will now be looking to make similar strides on the international scene ahead of next summer’s World Cup in his homeland.
Silva also captains the Selecao and is sure to play a huge role as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men go for their sixth world title, an accolade that the latest football betting expects them to claim.
The former AC Milan defender has now praised the starlet and believes he will only keep improving as he continues to settle into life in Ligue 1.
“I have more contact with Marquinhos with PSG and the Selecao,” he told GloboEsporte. “I always knew he would succeed in the French Championship. I also learned a lot during my first year, which of course has helped me to grow.”
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“I gave an interview over the phone yesterday and ended up being misunderstood about what I said about Ibra.”I talked to them about how Ibra yells a lot, complains, curses … but these are normal things for a striker, because everyone wants to win and score goals.”
“It’s his way, but he is a great player and is very important for the team. He treats me very well, he plays with me and talks with me. We get along very well.”
This is yet another example of the press “adjusting” football players statements.