Verratti opens up on why he didn't join Barcelona this year

Annette Crawford
October 21, 2017

Marco Verratti has denied asking PSG to leave this summer, and sounds excited about his future with the Ligue 1 leaders.Reports indicated that the Italian global was willing to leave the Parisian side, and was alleged to have even met with Lionel Messi in order to discuss a move to Barcelona.

Although widespread reports had suggested Neymar's move to Paris was in the pipelines, the news still came as a bombshell to those involved at Barcelona as the 25-year-old secured a move to the Parc des Princes for a world record fee of £200m.

Marquinhos also said he believes Neymar will do more to bring glory to the Qatar-owned Paris club than its former Brazilian number 10 Ronaldinho.

'I'm honest, for the first time in five years I wondered if I should stay here, ' he told L'Equipe.

"I think with Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, PSG have a great chance to win the Champions League this season". "I didn't expect the summer to be like that, as many things happened that I did not like, above all the behaviour of people close to me who thought only of themselves and not of what was best for me."It was tough, because Di Campli was like a father for me".

"Neymar, he could have earned as much with Manchester City or Chelsea". It's the same with me.

"It was really complicated". "Then they reassured me on the project and their ambitions".

Marquinhos and Neymar starred in the same gold medal-winning Brazil team at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the defender believes the striker's leadership skills will be an important factor as the club go in search of silverware this season.

"The only thing I did was explain to them some things I didn't understand". I never told PSG: "I want to leave". We didn't live up to ourselves as a team that wants to win everything.

Verratti's decision to stay at PSG looks to be a good one so far with the French giants winning 12 of their 13 competitive fixtures this season.

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