PASTORE LANDS SCHALKE TRANSFER
Schalke 04 has completed the signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore for £6 million after the Argentine requested a move.
Pastore will now represent Schalke for the next four seasons on £61,000 a week, a wage packet thought to be considerably less than what he was earning at PSG.
The 26-year-old is believed to have had a mismatch in opinions with Andre Villas-Boas at PSG, thus requesting a move this summer after being left out of the squad.
The Argentine will be reunited with his compatriot and former boss Diego Maradona, having won the Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions’ League title together in 2014.
Pastore is excited to be working with Maradona again and hopes he can rekindle his form once more after appearing just 12 times for PSG last season.
”My intention was always to leave PSG and hopefully join Schalke this summer. I enjoyed working under Maradona before and I’m desperate for the same outcome again.
“I’m not one to sit on the bench and smile at my wages. I just want to play and that is why I’ve taken a pay cut to be here. I’m here to prove a point.”
The Talleras de Cordoba product burst onto the global scene in 2011 when his 11 Serie A goals for Palermo earned him a £36.5 million move to PSG.
In a move that quickly made him PSG’s key player, Pastore’s gloss was soon thwarted by the arrival of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan the following season.
Pastore had the odd season of success, albeit under Maradona, in which he appeared 49 times and scored seven en route to Ligue 1 triumph.
However, his final season didn’t enclose many special memories as AS Monaco dethroned PSG as Ligue 1 champions and Pastore made more appearances for the club’s reserves as opposed to the Parisian’s first team.