Chelsea target Javier Pastore wants Italy stay

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The Independent Online

Javier Pastore would rather remain in Italy than join a Premier League team if he decides to leave Palermo this summer.

The Argentina international, currently on duty at the Copa America, has been linked with Inter Milan as well as Chelsea and Manchester United.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed life in Serie A after joining Palermo from Huracan for 19 million euros in 2009 and would happily stay.

He told Sky Italia: "If I left Palermo, I would like to remain in Italy. I have played in Italy for the last two years and feel very comfortable there.

"If I leave Palermo it will be to join a stronger team. I know Palermo president (Maurizio) Zamparini speaks to my agent. I am calm."

Pastore was Palermo's leading scorer in Serie A last season with 11 goals. The playmaker is valued at 50million euros by his club and is under contract until June 2015.

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