Reported Juventus target Marco Verratti staying at Paris St Germain, says agent
By Simone Bargellini, Nadia Carminati & Patrick Haond. Last Updated: February 8, 2013 4:51pm
Marco Verratti: Has been linked with return to Italy with Juventus
Reported Juventus target Marco Verratti has no intention of departing Paris St Germain, according to his agent.
Speculation has emerged linking the 20-year-old midfielder, who scored a stoppage-time equaliser for Italy during the 1-1 international draw with Holland in midweek, with a move to Turin.
But his agent, Donato Di Campli, is adamant the youngster is staying in Paris, insisting the rumours linking him with Juve are "groundless".
He told Radio Kiss Kiss: "Verratti won't move away from France.
"It's becoming a habit. Every time there is talk about Marco, he is linked to Italian sides.
"I repeat: He's in the middle of an important project. I don't see why there would be the need to change.
"We have been clear and we will always be clear with PSG.
"What has emerged in the press is absolutely groundless. I'm sorry to be obliged to deny these things every day. Marco remains in Paris."
Verratti, speaking after Italy's draw with Holland, told the press he is staying at PSG until at least the summer, but has not ruled out a future return to Italy.
The midfielder, who arrived in Paris from Pescara last year, said: "I have made the right choice going to PSG and I'm very happy to play with the great champions but it is clear that my desire is to play in Serie A one day.
"Until June I'll stay at PSG, then there is the market and you never know what can happen."
Of the speculation linking him with Juve, he added: "Juventus want me? This pleases me, because they are a great club and it means I'm doing well."
PSG coach Ancelotti responded to Verratti's comments by saying he expects the Italian to stay at the Parc des Princes.
"If Verratti is not fine here he has just to say it. But from what I know, he is happy and there are no problems," said the manager.
"A lot of Italian clubs want Verratti but he will remain a PSG player for a long time."