Marco Verratti insists he has no regrets about joining Paris St Germain, and has revealed he is no rush to return to Serie A.
Although the 21-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best Italian talents around, he has never actually played in the top-flight in his homeland. Having helped Pescara win the Serie B title in 2011-12, the deep-lying playmaker was the subject of much interest from a host of clubs, including the likes of Internazionale, Juventus, Napoli and Roma.
However, PSG won the race for his signature, having agreed to pay the Biancazzurri an initial fee of £8.6million, which is likely to rise to £11.75million. And it is hard to argue with Verratti’s decision, based on the fact that he played 56 times in Ligue 1 during his first two seasons, and at the end of each he collected a title-winning medal in the capital.
Verratti has also won international recognition during his time in Paris, and can now boast nine caps to his name. He was named in Italy’s squad for the World Cup Finals in the summer, going on to make two appearances in Brazil, so all things considered, it is perhaps understandable that he continues to play down reports linking him with a move to Serie A.
“I chose Paris St Germain two years ago and would make the same decision again. I have no doubts,” the midfield ace told the Corriere dello Sport. “If I were to leave this club, it would have to be because they were tired of me. Would I return to Italy? I don’t know, I’m happy at PSG and when you’re happy there is no reason to change.”