Paris Saint-Germain parted ways with only one player on transfer deadline day, as it sent playmaker Pablo Sarabia to Sporting CP. The Portuguese side agreed to haul in Sarabia on a mere one-season loan deal, as a buy option was not included in the agreement with PSG.
For Sarabia, this was a move that he was all on board with for one key reason, which he spoke further about during a press conference (via Record) on Tuesday while with the Spanish national team.
“I made the decision to go to Sporting because I want to play, I want to enjoy football,” Sarabia said. “I had a very good season. I don’t know how it will affect me here, but I will continue to play my football soccer, which is what I like to do, and if everything goes well, I know I can continue to come to the national team.
“Nobody has a safe place, not even in Portugal. I’m going because it is the best step to grow and evolve as a player. I want to play, it’s fundamental for me to feel good about myself, to give the best of myself to life and to my family, and it was going to be very difficult there.”
With the arrival of Lionel Messi as a free transfer, Sarabia moved back one spot in PSG’s forward depth chart. And considering the multiple other top forwards already at the club, playing time minutes with PSG over the remainder of the season would have been scarce for him.
For now, Sarabia will look to help Sporting CP successfully defend its Primeira Liga title over this season.