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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Liverpool's Damien Comolli: 'Javier Pastore is a marquee signing for PSG and French football'

Director of football feels capital club could be in a league of its own in the coming years, but believes that the Premier League will still be a more attractive destination

Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli has hailed Paris Saint-Germain's capture of Javier Pastore, saying snapping up young talent who can develop into world-class stars is the way forward for clubs.

The Argentine had only recently revealed that he will join the Ligue 1 outfit pending a medical, insisting that he is going to a club with "great history".

With PSG having spent over €40 million on players the summer, much like Manchester City in the Premier League, the Frenchman believes that the club could be in "a league of their own" in due course.

"Pastore is a marquee signing for PSG and French football," Comolli told BBC Sport.

"He is a very, very talented boy. He could have a massive impact at PSG and in French football. PSG looked at Ganso and Adel Taarabt, but they decided to go for Pastore. The strategy to go and buy younger players, who could become world stars like Pastore, is the right one. PSG could be in a league of their own for the next five to 10 years."

However, the 38-year-old maintained that the Premier League and La Liga will always remain better destinations for established players.

"The Premier League or the Spanish will be a lot more attractive for [established] players," he said. "I think a top player will always want to play for Liverpool before PSG because of its history and the Premier League's competitiveness."

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