Saturday June 23 2012
Official: Pescara keep Verratti

Marco Verratti was wanted by Juventus, Roma, Napoli and more, but Pescara and the player today confirmed he is “definitively off the market.”

The 20-year-old midfielder is nicknamed the ‘new Andrea Pirlo’ and was part of Cesare Prandelli’s long-list for the Euro 2012 Italy squad.

Negotiations were on-going with Juve for several weeks and Napoli were hoping to intercept with an offer of their own.

However, today both the player and Pescara released statements silencing the transfer gossip.

“I am staying at Pescara and respecting the contract I have with the club. I haven’t signed for or made agreements with anyone. Now we can think about Serie A!” wrote Verratti on his Facebook page.

The club also released a statement on the official Pescara website.

“This morning the directors of Pescara met with Marco Verratti and his agent. In this meeting the player confirmed his desire to stay with the Biancazzurri, having renewed his contract in January that will tie him to the side for another four years.

“Taking into account the player’s intentions, Pescara announce they have definitively taken the midfielder off the market.”