Tuesday March 2, 2010 (ambito.com) — Javier Pastore whose Palermo is impressively fourth in the Italian Liga, is dubbed by the sport press the “new Kaká” of Italian football.
While Sicilian papers insist on the parallel with the Brazilian star in his first moments at Milan, La Gazetta dello Sport prefers another prestigious comparison: “Pastore and (Spanish) Cesc Fábregas isn’t at all an exaggeration.”
The association with Fábregas, England’s Arsenal star and one of Europe’s most prestigious midfielders and with Kaká is an elocuent testimony of the appreciation that the ex-Huracan player has gained in Italy, where he is referred to as the “brain” of Palermo.
Although last Sunday, the midfielder didn’t make an outstanding performance, Corriere dello Sport wrote: “His presence, indiscutable class and strategic insight were enough to drive Palermo to a 2-0 victory over Juventus.
His actual coach Delio Rossi, who has guaranteed him a starting position in the Sicilian team delared that “God has given him enormous talent, but he is still young, although very intelligent. If he listens to me, he will achieve important breaks.”
Just a few days ago Milan’s president Adriano Galliani revealed that his club had thought about Pastore as an eventual replacement for Kaká, when the latter decided to move shift to Real Madrid, but he desisted because he considered the (19 year old) Argentine “too young.”
“This doesn’t exclude him from our future plans, on the contrary”, Galliani concluded, reminding that Diego Maradona is also fond of his game, as shown by the list of Argentina players called to the upcoming friendly against Germany in Munich.
Defined as Argentina’s “emerging phenomenon”, Pastore has a very low key contract with a yearly salary of only 600.000€, valid until 2014. However, it is most likely that president Mauricio Zamparini will put him on the market when he feels the time is right.