Several newspapers ran the story at the end of last month that Liverpool are interested in Javier Pastore.
The Argentine cost Paris Saint Germain £37 million two summers ago, but has slowly fallen down the pecking order as the French champions have continued to bolster their squad.
Widely regarded to be unhappy at a lack of match team action beforehand, Pastore had also been out injured for almost a month, making his start to the campaign an unsatisfactory one.
He was however pencilled in for a comeback in PSG's 4-0 home win against Bastia, before puling out at the last minute citing a thigh injury.
French newspaper L'Equipe hint there could be more to it than meets the eye:
They write: "It is more the morale of the midfielder that caused his absence. In lack of confidence, Pastore prefers to dodge a reunion with the Parc des Princes, where he had been whistled in his last home game."
That was back on August 31, so it's hard to imagine supporters would continue to carry a grudge over his slow start to the campaign, likewise the booing will have played on the player's mind.
If the assertion is true that the thigh injury is just an excuse, it won't endear him to supporters any more. It's more probable it's a bit of both; the player will want to be absolutely 100 per cent so he does make a good impression upon his comeback.
However fans of teams like Liverpool wanting to sign him, may well wonder whether the player has the character and mental strength to be a hit if he does make the move.
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