Saturday February 9 2013
Leonardo: 'Only Roma for Verratti'

Amid reports of Milan, Napoli and Juventus battling for Marco Verratti, PSG director Leonardo reveals “the only club that asked us for him was Roma.”

The 19-year-old scored his first senior Italy goal this week in a 1-1 friendly draw with Holland and newspapers continue to suggest he’s at the centre of a Serie A bidding war,

“I know that in Italy there has been a great deal of talk about this because he is a very strong midfielder who has never played in Serie A. It’s only natural he wants to, but there is a zero per cent chance of him leaving,” Leonardo told Sky Sport Italia.

“I never received requests, nor spoke to anyone. The only club that asked us for him was Roma. They made an approach to get him on loan, but the idea died there are then because we have no intention of losing him.”