Friday September 28 2012
Verratti on his failed Juventus switch

Paris Saint-Germain revelation Marco Verratti has discussed his failed summer move to Juventus. “It was almost done.”

The Old Lady made a bid for the 19-year-old midfielder, but the teenager was eventually sold by Pescara to PSG.

“The move to Juventus was practically complete in June,” he explained to the Gazzetta dello Sport. “But it collapsed.

“Then Paris SG came in with a good offer for Pescara and an interesting project for me. At Juventus they spoke of the future, in Paris the present.

“I could have stayed at Pescara as Serie A for a 19-year-old is quite big, but you have to take your opportunities in football.

“PSG are destined to become one of the top five clubs in the world and they are playing in the Champions League. You can’t turn that down.”

Verratti also touched on the possibility that had he joined Juventus, his playing time may have been limited.

“That is inevitable as there is Andrea Pirlo there,” he added. “However, I would have felt ready to play. I think that if a side signs you then they believe in you from the start.

“There was just Juventus or Pescara for me in Italy. But, at Paris SG, they have made me feel at the centre of the project.”

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