Friday October 9 2020
Verratti: 'Never considered leaving PSG'

Italy international Marco Verratti has revealed he has never considered leaving Paris Saint-Germain and aims to go all the way in Euro 2020 with the Azzurri.

The 27-year-old has spent the last eight seasons at Parc des Princes and helped the team win a domestic treble in France last term, before finishing runners-up behind Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

“It was a big blow, but we had a great journey,” Verratti said at a press conference ahead of Italy’s match against Poland in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday.

“Bayern did well but getting to the Final is always a positive thing. We have been trying to get there for eight years and it gives us the strength to try again immediately.

“Winning the next European Championship will help me forget the Champions League Final too, as well as allowing me to realise a dream I have had since I was a child.”

Verratti has never played in Serie A, as he moved directly from Serie B to Ligue 1 and has stayed in the French capital since, but he has not considered returning to Italy.

“The thing I like the most is playing football and I’m doing it for a team that plays for big targets.

“In these eight years, I have played with great champions and it hasn’t crossed my mind to leave PSG. I’m fine there and then we’ll see in the future.”