Javier Pastore completes move from Paris Saint-Germain to Roma
Javier Pastore has ended a seven-year association with Paris Saint-Germain to join Roma.
Pastore, 29, arrived in Rome on Monday and underwent a medical the following day before signing a four-year contract with the option for an extra year.
A source close to the Argentina international said Roma paid PSG €20 million and will pay up to another €4m in bonuses.
Pastore won 19 domestic trophies with the French champions after joining in 2011, but also suffered injury setbacks.
“I did not think that this day would ever come, but it is now time to say goodbye,” he wrote on Facebook. “I would like to thank all of the Parisians, who welcomed me magnificently and made me feel at home for all of these years.
“I would especially like to thank the supporters, who have always shown me unequalled love — I will always keep them close to my heart.
“Seven years is a very long time, yet it is also not enough, in a way, because I would have liked to have given you even more.
“To all of my teammates — I wish you all the best! Keep winning absolutely everything. I will miss you.
“As the saying goes, all roads lead to Rome, so I return to Italy — however, I hope to see you all again soon. I love you. Ici, c’est Paris (this is Paris)!”
Pastore’s move also helps PSG with their short-term UEFA financial fair play concerns, adding to the money already brought in by the sale of Odsonne Edouard to Celtic as the target of between €40m and €60m nears.
Jonathan Johnson covers PSG and the French national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @Jon_LeGossip.