Javier Pastore: Why I Snubbed Chelsea

PSG new boy reveals reason for rejecting Stamford Bridge move.

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Paris St Germain midfielder Javier Pastore has revealed the reason why he rejected a move to Chelsea in favour of a big-money move to France.

The 22-year-old joined the Ligue 1 side because he believes the quality of French football will soon rival the Premier League.

The Blues were keen on signing the Argentina international and had a bid accepted by his former club, Palermo.

But Pastore preferred a move to PSG, which was finalised last week, and was considered a surprise due to the French club’s standing in the European game.

PSG have to qualify for the Europa League this season and the playmaker’s decision to opt for them over playing Champions League football raised a few eyebrows.

Pastore has rejected claims he moved to Paris purely for the money and has suggested if his motives were based on wages, he would have moved to England earlier this summer.

“For me, moving to France does not mean I am taking a step backwards,” he said.

“I think Ligue 1 will soon rival the leagues in Spain, England or Italy. This will happen in a few years and I have accepted the PSG thanks to the project on offer, not the money.

“If this was about money, I would have accepted earlier offers from England and Spain.”

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