Marco Verratti: Barcelona rumours false, I’m staying at PSGMarch 19, 2018
Marco Verratti has rejected claims that he is set to move to Barcelona in the summer, instead reaffirming his desire to remain at Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old Italian has long been linked with joining the Catalan outfit, who are in the market for a replacement for Andres Iniesta, who is considering heading to China.
Yet, Verratti is keen to remain in the French capital, despite ongoing concerns of the club’s pedigree in the Champions League.
Italian not leaving French capital
Rumours have once again swirled around amidst PSG’s recent demise in Europe’s top competition, being knocked out 5-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Last 16.
But the Italian has been quick to quash any speculation and confirm where his heart lies.
“I’ve read that [agent Mino] Raiola has offered me to Barcelona – it’s false,” Verratti told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I talked to my managers, they know what I think, things are clear. I have decided to stay at PSG.”
Despite the amount of money spent on transfers since the takeover by their Qatari owners in 2011, the French outfit have yet to reach the semi-finals.
By comparison, Barcelona are among the favourites to win the title this year to add 2009, 2011 and 2015 triumphs.
One of the key players during that period has been Spanish midfield maestro Iniesta, but the 33-year-old has not played as many of his games, taking longer to recover, while continuing his work-rate in the highly-competitive La Liga.
In order to prolong his career, the Barcelona legend is keen on a move to China, and the Catalans will be in need of a replacement as they look to replace the sizeable hole left after his departure.
However, Verratti does not see himself in Blaugrana colours in the foreseeable future and will be looking towards helping PSG to their fifth Ligue 1 title in six years.