Paris Saint-Germain bound youngster Marco Verratti has promised he will one day return to Pescara.
The 19-year-old midfielder was born and raised in the coastal city in Abruzzo, debuting for his hometown club in 2008 at the age of 15.
Since assisting the Delfini to Serie A promotion in May, 'the new Andrea Pirlo' has been pursued by Juventus and Napoli, but just when Pescara seemed to have resolved to hold on to Verratti for one more year, a bid in the region of €12m from PSG was accepted.
Before flying out from Rome's Fiumincino airport to complete the transfer last night, Verratti spoke to Sky Sport Italia.
“I can't wait to begin, it was an opportunity I could not pass up,” said the Italian Under-21 international. “I'm excited because I'm going to play with champions that I have only seen on television.
“I hold Pescara in my heart and I will return as soon as possible.”
Verratti then disclosed that he had already spoken to PSG Coach Carlo Ancelotti, before giving his thoughts on the issue of why young Italians are going to play abroad.
“Ancelotti? I've heard from him and it will help that we speak the same language. I would like to do as Pirlo did, to have a career like his.
“[Azzurrini teammate Fabio] Borini is going abroad too [Liverpool], perhaps they invest more in young people abroad than they do here. Abroad they don't look at your age. Even Santon plays abroad..”
Verratti is the third player Ligue 1 runners up PSG have signed from Serie A this summer after Thiago Silva from Milan and Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi. Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will follow.