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Sunday December 23 2012
Verratti on PSG, Pescara and De Rossi

Italy starlet Marco Verratti commits himself to PSG and hopes Daniele De Rossi can soon join him at the Parc des Princes.

“I have absolutely no intention of leaving Paris,” the ex-Pescara teen told Sky Sport Italia.

“At the start I wanted to stay in Pescara, but when an offer like this came in, it just couldn’t be turned down by me or by the club. It’s a dream to have an experience like this at the age of 19.”

There have been reports that the midfielder could be used as part of a transfer exchange with Roma to bring De Rossi to PSG.

“No, there is no chance of that happening. Daniele is a great player as well as a friend and I doubt Roma will let him go. I repeat, I am happier every day in Paris. It wasn’t easy at the beginning, but the last few wins have shown we’re becoming a real team.”

Verratti’s teammates include ex-Milan men Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, as well as former Napoli hero Ezequiel Lavezzi.

“Considering how talented Ibra is, he could just walk around and win games, but instead he works harder than anyone and only shouts at us for our own good. He is a leader and commands the team. It really helps you grow playing alongside him.

“We often talk about Serie A at PSG, as many of the team have been there. Ibra always tells me he was so happy at Milan. Both he and Thiago Silva say it is the perfect club. What is my perfect club? Pescara.”

Verratti won the Serie B title with his hometown club last season, but they are struggling to stay afloat in Serie A.

“They’ll fight to the final game to secure safety, but we knew that would be the situation. I often watch their games and almost all of us in the locker room watch Serie A football.

“Will I return to Italy? Yes, it can certainly happen. Right now I am happy in France and take it one day at a time. I’d certainly love to come back to Italy one day.”

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