Emery confused by Pastore PSG exit comments

Javier Pastore has openly spoken about the prospect of signing for Inter, but PSG coach Unai Emery wants the Argentine to stay at the club.

Published : Jan 29, 2018 20:21 IST

PSG midfielder Javier Pastore
PSG midfielder Javier Pastore

PSG midfielder Javier Pastore

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery says Javier Pastore's comments about wanting to leave the club do not reflect his own conversations with the player.

Pastore told the media he is considering a move to Inter in a bid for more first-team football to boost his chances of being included in Argentina's squad for the World Cup.

Emery disciplined Pastore when he returned late from Ligue 1's winter break, but the PSG coach is keen to keep the playmaker, who has scored four league goals this term.

"I spoke to Pastore and the things he told the press is not what he told me," Emery told a news conference on Monday. 

"My opinion? I want him to stay because he's an important player. But he wants to play more for the World Cup.

"Last year he was often injured but every time he was available, he played. This year is the same.

"Maybe he didn't play the minutes he wanted to play but he played. Anyway, now it's between him and the club."

PSG face Rennes in the semi-final of the Coupe de la Ligue on Tuesday and Emery expects a trio of midfielders - including new signing Lassana Diarra - to be absent.

But after being hurt in a heavy collision with Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes in a 2-1 defeat on February 21, Kylian Mbappe may be ready to return to action.

"[Thiago] Motta is working with a physiotherapist," Emery said. "Mbappe trained yesterday but needs to get the doctor's approval.

"[Marco] Verratti missed the two last games and had his little boy yesterday. Lassana Diarra needs to train more in order to enter the group."

With PSG competing on multiple front, the Rennes encounter is an opportunity to book a place in a domestic final, but attention is already turning to next month's last 16 Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane accepts his future at Los Blancos rests on the blockbuster tie, with Madrid well off the pace set by rivals Barcelona in LaLiga, while they suffered a shock Copa del Rey defeat against Leganes.

That quarter-final defeat has cleared Madrid's schedule somewhat in the build-up to February 14's first leg, but Emery does not think the number of extra games PSG are set to play will make a difference.

"It's true that because Real Madrid have been eliminated from Copa del Rey, we will play more games than them," Emery added. 

"But we keep on. We need to deal with players minutes on the field. Verratti and Mbappe played less, it's good for us."

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment