Marco Verratti cools down exit talk

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has played down talks about him swapping the Parc Des Princes for the Juventus Stadium in the summer. 

In recent reports, it was claimed that the midfielder, who was close to joining Juventus before signing for Blanc at PSG, could have been used in a swap deal which would have seen Paul Pogba playing his football in France, with Thiago Silva and co. 

But, Verratti has been speaking to Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport, and this is what he had to say on the move: 

“When I signed for PSG, people said I’d run away after two months,” he said. “Instead, after three years, I’m still here and my son was born in Paris.

“It’s my second home. Having said that, I still end up eating only in Italian restaurants here!”

Verratti, a Juventus fan, said of the possibility of a swap deal: “I generally don’t like exchanges.

“If a club really wants me, then they’ll sign me – that’s all. If PSG were to force me to leave in order to make room for Pogba, then that’s different.

“In any case, that’s certainly not an issue I need consider today. I ignore transfer gossip. If one day PSG didn’t want me any more, I would pay more attention.”

Also, the midfielder, 22 has been speaking about their dramatic win at Chelsea last week, calling it revenge: 

“It was like a semifinal or a final,” he added. “We prepared for it better than last season, and it was sweet to take revenge against Chelsea.”

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