Friday April 4 2014
Verratti uncertain of Italy call

Marco Verratti has admitted that he is uncertain about whether or not he will be called up by Cesare Prandelli for the World Cup.

The CT will name an expected provisional squad for the competition next week, for a two-day series of physical tests to be carried out at Coverciano.

Having struggled for playing time so far under Prandelli, Verratti concedes he is in the dark over his chances.

“Why am I not a regular starter with Italy? The real question I ask myself is whether or not I will be called, at the moment it is not clear,” began the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder to La Repubblica today.

“But I have hope like any player in the world. The only thing I can do is continue to do well with PSG, because before the call-up there are no friendlies and only club football remains for me to convince the CT.

“Only a chance after Pirlo goes? Don’t ask me. Pirlo is a fantastic player and a very nice man, it is not true that he never speaks. With me he is always friendly, and in the field, from him, I can only learn.”

Verratti has impressed in his 18 months in Paris so far and has continually been linked with a move away, with both Real Madrid and Juventus seen as keen. However, the 21-year-old has reiterated his contentment in the French capital.

“[I’m happy] because I do the best job in the world, I live in a great city and I did not expect to be so well.

“The team is in a perfect environment, I feel at home, we are a nice group of ‘Italians’ and we spend time together, we have barbecues with Lavezzi and the others.

“I live in Neuilly-sur-la-Seine, I have been father to Tommaso for three weeks, PSG are a great team in Europe, I almost always play. Who could ask for more?”

Verratti was asked about comparisons that he is between Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso in playing style.

“Pirlo and Gattuso are two phenomena, the comparison flatters me and I hope to prove worthy of it. But I know that in football you are a monster after a good game and [nothing] after a poor one.

“The risks taken against Chelsea in midweek? But this is how I play. If I remove the pleasure in taking these risks then it is best that I go home.

“Against Chelsea I played a couple of balls that were avoidable, and against a tough opponent, with a great Coach like Jose Mourinho. These are all useful lessons. It was a marvellous victory.”

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