Roma have released Javier Pastore from his contract after a disastrous three-year spell with the club.
Pastore was a questionable signing when Monchi spent around €25m on him in 2018. The attacking midfielder brought a worrying injury record with him and didn’t even have a natural position in the 4-3-3 system Roma were using under Eusebio Di Francesco at the time.
Roma signed him onto a five-year contract, despite the fact that he was 29 years of age, which made him the club’s highest earner behind only Edin Dzeko for the duration of his stay.
They have now been able to cut it short two years ahead of schedule. Respectfully, he has reportedly given up a large portion of his remaining salary, taking a limited severance pay.
Pastore only made five appearances last season – none of which were starts – after a long time out with a hip injury. Even the year before, he only managed five starts in all competitions, despite showing some glimpses of his quality in a formation that suited him better under Paulo Fonseca.
Ultimately, the physical problems that should have set off alarm bells from the start cost him any kind of impression in his Roma career.
He leaves the club having made just 37 appearances, with four goals to his name (all of which came in his first season).
Roma will be hoping to offload several more players like Pastore to reduce the strain on their wage bill in the coming days.