Pastore: I feel like God in Paris

The Argentina international has been in the French capital for five years, and believes that his immediate future belongs with the Ligue 1 champions

Javier Pastore is adamant he is happy with life at Paris Saint-Germain, but has suggested he could be open to a return to Serie A at some point in the future.

The Argentina international joined PSG from Palermo in 2011 and has since been linked with a return to the Italian top flight on more than one occasion.

However, he has made it clear has no intention of leaving PSG in the near future.

“I am feeling well at Paris Saint-Germain, very well. We have a great team and win trophies every season. I could not ask for anything more,” the 27-year-old told Corriere dello Sport.


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“A return to Serie A? You never know what will happen in the future. Maybe PSG decide in December that they no longer need me. Who knows? But for now I am feeling like God in Paris, even if I really like Italy.

“Juventus tried to sign me during my second season at PSG. I wasn’t always playing and they made an enquiry about my availability. It’s always nice when a big team likes you.

“Milan, Inter and Roma all wanted me before I joined PSG. But I wasn’t cheap and president [Maurizio] Zamparini preferred to sell me to a foreign club because they were offering more money. I never had any doubts when PSG came knocking.”

'Liverpool's €40m Joao Mario bid rejected'

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from Sporting CP in the summer transfer window but the Reds and Inter have both seen big-money bids rejected

The father of Joao Mario has claimed Sporting CP have rejected significant bids from Inter and Liverpool for the Portugal international.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of intense transfer speculation after his excellent performances in his country’s surprise triumph at Euro 2016.

And the midfielder’s father has now revealed that a €35 million offer from Inter – potentially rising to €45m – and a €40m bid from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been turned down by the club.

“Proposals for the boy don’t come directly to me,” he told Diario de Noticias. “They go to his agent, Kia Joorabchian, and the Sporting president.

“I was informed, however, that the club said no to €35m plus €10m in bonuses from Inter and to €40m from Liverpool.

“Nothing specific has happened, my son is a professional and knows he has a contract with Sporting.

“At the same time, we’re talking about a very valuable player for the club, who aspires to bigger projects during his career.

“I never said Sporting was not a project he liked. On the contrary, he’s always shown an interest in their … project.”

A product of Sporting’s academy, who was previously in Porto’s youth set-up, Joao Mario scored six goals and registered 11 assists as Jorge Jesus’ side finished second to Benfica in the Primeira Liga last season.

Zanetti wants Simeone back at Inter

The former right-back played alongside El Cholo at San Siro and in international colours, and believes he would be a great future choice to take over the Nerazzurri

Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti would welcome the return of Diego Simeone as head coach in future.

The Atletico Madrid coach played alongside his compatriot at San Siro for two years, and was part of the side that lifted the UEFA Cup in 1998.

Reports in Italy have suggested that current boss Roberto Mancini is under threat of the sack, with Simeone – who has said it would be “a dream” to take charge at Inter during his career – touted as a potential replacement.

Zanetti was keen not to discuss the prospect of a replacement but feels a reunion with Simeone could be on the cards at some stage.


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“Roberto Mancini is our coach at the moment, and out of respect for him, I won’t speak about other coaches,” he told La Nacion.

“In future, however, I can imagine Simeone and Inter will meet again.”

Simeone has enjoyed remarkable success with Atletico since taking charge in 2011, winning LaLiga, the Copa del Rey and the Europa League, as well as reaching two Champions League finals.

Speculation has persisted that Mancini has become frustrated with a lack of transfer activity at Inter and could step down, while his relationship with president Erick Thohir has reportedly soured.

Former Ajax boss Frank de Boer is among the favourites to take charge should Mancini depart.

Icardi not for sale at any price, insist Inter

Piero Ausilio, the Nerazzurri’s sporting director, insists any amount of money Napoli offer for the Argentine attacker will be snubbed by the San Siro outfit

Inter intend to build their squad around Mauro Icardi and have no intention of letting the striker leave for any price, according to Piero Ausilio.

Icardi has been linked with a move away from Inter ahead of the 2016-17 Serie A campaign, with Napoli reported to be leading the race for his signature and speculation was only intensified when the Argentine was not involved in Monday’s 3-1 friendly defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

Napoli’s interest comes amid Gonzalo Higuain’s seemingly imminent move to Juventus, but Inter director Ausilio has warned Icardi will not be his replacement at San Paolo.

“Icardi will remain at Inter, our position is very clear,” he told Fcinternews.it. “It’s not a question of money, it doesn’t matter what Napoli can offer us.



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“Our plan this summer is to reinforce Inter and to do that we’re keeping hold of Icardi and our best players regardless of the figures offered. Icardi does not have a release clause and we do not want to sell; simple.

“There’s no problem between us and Icardi, he’s working very hard. He has been with us for years and become captain of a team with a glorious past. We have always been attentive to his needs and always renewed his deal at the right time.

“Many people are forgetting that we have already signed three players [Caner Erkin, Ever Banega and Cristian Ansaldi] of international pedigree and will do more still.”

Vice-president Javier Zanetti echoed Ausilio’s sentiments and stressed the importance of Icardi remaining focused on helping Inter.

“Icardi is very young and has great potential. He must keep thinking about playing, nothing more,” he said.

“The intention is for him to stay with us. We renewed last year, adjusting the contract and giving him the captain’s armband.”

PSG tougher under Emery – Lucas Moura

The Brazil international says the Ligue 1 champions are already getting used to the new coach’s demands and feels they have improved since his appointment

Lucas Moura says new coach Unai Emery has made Paris Saint-Germain a tougher side who are better at winning back possession.

Emery replaced Laurent Blanc as head coach in June, having guided Sevilla to a third Europa League title in a row, with PSG aiming to add European glory to their unrivalled domestic dominance.

A 3-1 International Champions Cup victory over Inter showed signs that PSG are already beginning to develop under their new boss.

And Lucas feels they could benefit from a tougher approach and working harder without the ball in the coming campaign – qualities he suggests they lacked under Blanc.


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“I think that we’ve started to do things that the new coach asks of us,” he was quoted as saying by L’Equipe . “Our team is a bit different this season. We’re a bit tougher.

“We played a good match, I’m happy.

“Everyone wants to see a good PSG this season. We’re working hard tactically and positionally. It’s very intense. You saw that against Inter.

“As soon as we lose the ball, we try to get it back as soon as possible. That wasn’t the case before, and it was a problem.”