Javier Pastore Leaving Paris Saint-Germain To Join Roma Because Of Neymar

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Javier Pastore says that he left Paris Saint-Germain to join Roma because he “could not compete” with Neymar, according to ESPN FC.

Pastore left PSG to join Roma on Tuesday, ending his 7-year association with the club to sign a 4-year contract with a 5th year option with Roma.

“There were many players at PSG,” he said.

“However, the ones who had to play played. The most recent arrivals played.

“I joined seven years ago and there were many signings made around my position, so it got harder and harder to get regular playing time — especially after a few changes of coach.

“I could not compete with Neymar. The last coach [Unai Emery] wanted me to play on the left. How could I compete with Neymar? He is a phenomenon. I have come to Rome to feel important — no matter the competition.”

“I am happy with my career,” he said. “I won 19 titles [trophies] with PSG over the past seven years.

“However, it was time to experience something else — I wanted to feel important again and I hope to be here.”