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Motta and Pastore to stay with PSG

December 2, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Thiago Motta has announced his intention to "continue" with Paris Saint-Germain, scotching speculation he will leave the Ligue 1 leaders, while Javier Pastore has also declared he is staying at the Parc des Princes.

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Motta, 31, has been tipped to extend his contract, which runs to 2015, given his status as one of Laurent Blanc's most trusted on-pitch lieutenants. However, the Brazil-born Italian international has also been courted by Serie A clubs, notably Juventus, following a string of top-class displays for PSG this season.

Despite the interest from Italy and the fact he has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal, Motta told TF1 he is all but certain to prolong his stay in the French capital.

He said: "I still haven't signed my new contract, but I spoke with the president this week. I'm confident, because I feel good at PSG and I want to continue with this club."

With an excellent reputation in Italy following his emergence at Palermo, Pastore, 24, has also been linked with a return to Serie A.

Despite only handing the player seven league starts this season, Blanc has often publicly stated his admiration for the Argentine international's talents, and after playing his part in PSG's 4-0 defeat of Lyon on Sunday, Pastore declared media speculation over his future was nothing more than that.

"Everything's false, and has nothing to do with the reality," the midfielder told RMC.

Pastore inked a five-year deal in the summer of 2011 after making a 42-million-euro move that made him the first major signing of PSG's Qatari owners.

He added: "As I've already said, I was the first to sign for the club and I'll be the last to leave. I'm going to fight. There are a lot of players in each position, but I'm going to dig in to be among those first names on the teamsheet without getting too worried about it. I'll only go back to Italy to go to the cinema or see friends."

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