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President confirms that Argentine playmaker will stay at Serie A side for another season despite courting interest from elite European clubs

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed an array of top European clubs are interested in Javier Pastore, but remains confident of keeping him for at least another season.

The 21-year-old Argentine international is enjoying a stellar season for the Rosanero, drawing interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester United, who are all tempted to make a move.

"People talk, the big clubs are looking around, but it's not just Barcelona interested," Zamparini told Stadionews.it.

"Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid too. Carlo Ancelotti has always liked Pastore ever since he was at Milan. He wanted him there, but we got him instead.

"In any case, I have spoken with his agent and he thinks it's best for Pastore to stay at Palermo for another year for his own development, and I agree with this."

The chief's vision is being supported by the player himself, who offered his own interpretation on his future.

He said: "I am happy in Palermo. I don't know what will happen in the future. But, at the moment it looks like I will be staying."

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