Friday February 8 2013
Marchisio hails quality of Verratti

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is a big fan of Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti. “He’s the closest thing to Andrea Pirlo.”

The 20-year-old continues to be linked with a future in Turin and Marchisio would happily welcome his international teammate.

“Marco is young and he needs to improve, but he already has some great qualities,” the Bianconero told La Stampa.

“It’s disappointing that a talent like him has had to go and play his football outside of Italy, but, as he says, the market opens every six months so there is always a chance…”

The Old Lady did make a bid for the player in the summer, before PSG offered Pescara €12m, given the belief that he will be Pirlo’s heir in the Italian game.

“He’s the closest Italian player to Andrea,” Marchisio added. “Pirlo is a great and he still has lots of years to play.

“We’ll be happy if he always played for us, but Verratti has some important qualities in the Pirlo role.

“Will he come to Juventus? That is a question that you should ask someone else…”

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