Former Newcastle star says €42m Liverpool and Arsenal target 'will leave'

Laurent Robert believes Javier Pastore's time at Paris Saint-Germain is coming to an end.

Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with a potential January approach for Paris Saint-Germain playmaker Javier Pastore.

The Argentine is now quite some way down the pecking order for his country, after struggling to crack the first-team at PSG.

With a World Cup approaching, fast, he knows he needs regular football in order to obtain a seat on the plane to Brazil next summer.

And with Liverpool, Fenerbahce and reportedly Arsenal all said to be keen; he is likely to get his wish. AC Milan, Chelsea, Porto and Marseille are also said to be showing an interest in his services.

And it is not as if his current club are making him feel welcome. In October, before PSG pasted Bastia 4-0 in a Ligue 1 match, Pastore was denied entry to his own stadium.

So he is set to leave - with Liverpool certainly considered the favourites when it comes to Premier League chasers.

And one ex-Premier League star who feels he will definitely be leaving Paris is former Newcastle United and Derby County winger Laurent Robert.

The 38-year-old, who achieved nine caps for Les Bleus throughout his career, is best known for his time on Tyneside - where he played for five years between 2001 and 2006, earning a reputation as a spiky character with a terrific long range shot.

But before he joined The Toon Army he was a PSG star - and still puts his ten cents in on Les Parisiens matters from time to time.

And he was unflinching in his assessment of Pastore’s time at Parc des Princes:

"As a former club, I do not like to criticize players. But since his arrival, he did not bring much. Again this year with newcomers, it's hard to express. Pastore does not show that he wants to earn his place. This is a difficult choice for Laurent Blanc as it is a player that cost very, very expensive. Today, we no longer play Pastore , but Ibra and Cavani . We will not issue a tactic for him. When you come in such a team, you have a duty to show every day what you’re worth. This is not the case. He (Blanc) was still patient with him. If it does not show, he will leave in the transfer window or at the end of the season.”

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