Monday April 8 2013
Pirlo: Verratti has quality

Andrea Pirlo is a fan of Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti – the player widely considered as the Juventus playmaker’s heir.

Verratti is an international teammate of Pirlo and the latter has explained why the 20-year-old is destined for an important career.

“He is aware of his potential,” Pirlo told Canal +. “If he has no concerns about holding on to the ball in front of his own goal then it means that he has great quality.

“He’s certainly a youngster, so he can improve and he’ll look to eliminate the weaknesses in his game with his Coach.”

Juve did try to sign Verratti in the summer from Pescara, but they refused to meet the club’s €12m asking price. He subsequently moved to Ligue 1.

Another peninsula based player who left for the French capital was Thiago Silva, a former teammate of Pirlo at Milan.

“He’s the best defender in the world,” the Italian added. “I think he’s one of the strongest, he doesn’t struggle and he reads the game with great ease.”