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Palermo defiant over Pastore

Palermo have warned potential suitors that midfield star Javier Pastore will not leave the Serie A on the cheap.

Club president Maurizio Zamparini said he has "given up" on the Argentina international, but did describe the 21-year-old as one of the game's brightest talents.

"I give up on Pastore,'' Zamparini said to Sky Italia. "He speaks more to his agent than he does with me. I am not offended.

"It's logical that at the most he would have played one more season at Palermo but at the same time if he did, he would have more pressure and he wouldn't be the same Pastore we know.

"There are big clubs that want him. We are talking about one of the top talents in current football and I will not sell him on the cheap. I paid for him €19 million when he was 18.''

Pastore is contracted to Palermo until 2015 and has already been the subject of a transfer bid from English Premier League runners-up Chelsea. He also admitted that he could depart the Sicilian club, with Fox Sports-Del Plata quoting the player as saying: "I think that the moment has come to leave Palermo."

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