Monaco-PSG D-3: Pastore's progress

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Javier Pastore used to pretend to be Juan Roman Riquelme or Kaka when he played in the street as a kid in Argentina, but the Paris Saint-Germain star now says he is his own man on the pitch.

Growing up in his native Cordoba, the 24-year-old watched with envy his compatriot Riquelme and Brazilian Kaka sweep up both honours and accolades in Europe. However, having been given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his heroes, the artful attacking midfielder told The Ligue 1 Show he is a star-struck youngster no more.

"These days I think about how I can improve, in training or during a game. I don't really look at other players as examples, but rather as colleagues or teammates. Of course there are many players you want to play with, but I don't really have idols that I dream of training with. I'm lucky though, because I play with some terrific players in Paris."

Cavani reunion

Along with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, Pastore also has the familiar face of Edinson Cavani with whom he played for a year at Palermo, the duo's first European port of call upon arrival from South American.

The Uruguayan international striker will miss Sunday's top-of-the-table encounter with AS Monaco FC due to a thigh injury, depriving Pastore of the opportunity to further rekindle the understanding the pair first developed in Sicily.

"I love him as a player. He's always looking to go in behind and create chances. That suits me. I don't like playing a two-metre pass, I'd much rather play a killer ball in behind," said Pastore, who saw Cavani leave for Napoli in 2010 before he joined PSG a year later. "Having him again as a team-mate is really cool. I enjoy being with him day-after-day, in training as well as games. We hope we can achieve some great things together here."


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