Champions League

PSG star discusses future as Manchester United rumours circle

PSG are set to face Manchester United in the second leg this Wednesday and one of their key players has discussed the prospects of joining the English giants.

Verrati ready to commit future

Marco Verratti is open to committing to PSG until the end of his career. However, no new deal has been agreed yet.“These are things I do not even talk about. I know that my agent [Mino Raiola] and the club talk to each other sometimes,” he told Le Parisien. “But we did not sign anything. I still have many years to go on my contract. I have no problem with signing a new contract here.”

“I’m 27 soon, if I sign another contract it will be for four or five years. I can finish my career here if the club wants it. Whatever happens, I will always remain grateful to PSG.”The Italian also spoke about playing alongside the likes of Neymar, Mbappe, Buffon and Thiago Silva. “I grew up here with Thiago Silva, with whom I get on very well. As with Marquinhos, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar. I feel good with everyone. The friends I see outside are Ney, Kylian and [Gianluigi] Buffon,” he said.

“Apart from the talent God has given Mbappe, he is a very professional boy, he always plays with the desire to score whether in training or in a match. He listens a lot and already has, I think, everything needed in football. He knows how to stay focused, how to get into the game. Players like him, there will be others, but his mentality makes the difference. I really like Kylian and wish him a wonderful career. He deserves it as a player and as a person.”

“You want to listen to Tuchel”

Verratti also waxed lyrical about the former Dortmund manager, Thomas Tuchel. He said that the German has brought positive energy into the team.“I have known a lot of coaches, but Tuchel gets to get into the players’ heads quickly. You want to listen to him. And give 100% because he gives himself thoroughly. This is the case for those who play or not this season,” he added.”

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“That’s the positive energy that Tuchel brought to PSG. We train with a smile, but always thoroughly and working on things for the game. These are things that make you approach games with serenity and confidence. That’s one of the things we’ve changed.”

Author’s Take

Marco Verratti was a cut above that of Manchester United’s midfielders in the first leg at Old Trafford. The 26-year-old showed no signs of weariness after having only returned from a three-week layoff. His ability to coordinate attacks with his passing was in full flow. He was a constant option in midfield; always free and spinning away into space, picking the right pass. It was a display showing the level required to operate at the highest level of the game. The Red Devils, having experienced his quality first hand, should not waste any opportunity to get him playing in red.

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