BARCELONA -- Argentinian player Javier Pastore, currently in Palermo, said he dreamed of playing in Barcelona because he admires "their game play".
"My priority is to play in Barcelona," Pastore said in an interview with Mundo Deportivo, and added that "playing next to Messi is my dream."
"It'd be a dream playing with Messi in Barcelona, they're a much bigger team than Palermo. It's what I want. I always wanted to play in Europe. To grow you have to play in teams like Barcelona," he said.
About his present in Palermo, however, he said "I'm feeling much more confident than last year. After the World Cup I returned with a lot of confidence and will to play and my teammates have been helping me a lot. That's important for the game I'm showing right now."
The former Talleres de Córdoba and Huracán said that "last year I had to fight to stay in the team, and this season I want to aim for more. We have a good enough team to be on top of the table and stay in the Cup. I think we can finish in the top four to get into the Champions League."
"I'm calm, things are turning out well for me and I'm learning a lot. I think I'm on the right path and I want to keep improving. I'm 21 years old and I still have a lot to improve. At Palermo I'm trying to learn and go one step at a time."
Finally, Palermo defined himself as "a player who likes to go forward, who likes to get to the opposite goal, who's always trying to do new stuff and learn when I'm not having the ball. I'm also working on trying to help to win the ball back."
Bonus Maxi Moralez and Seba Blanco
Can we have a Palermo and a Javi tag please, mods?