Patrick Kluivert: Marco Verratti will not leave Paris Saint-Germain

by Leo Nieboer

Paris Saint Germain director of football and former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert has insisted that Marco Verratti will not leave for Manchester United over the summer.

It was reported earlier on in the season that Jose Mourinho, clearly seeking a replacement for Michael Carrick, had identified the Italian as an ideal candidate.

But Verratti, when asked about rumours surrounding a potential move to Old Trafford, insisted that he was focused on his endeavours in France.

And Kluivert has told Le10 Sport that the club had no intention of letting the 24-year-old leave any time soon.

“Verratti is the cornerstone of our midfield and things will remain that way,” he said.

“He is not going anywhere this year.”

Verratti’s exact words when pledging his allegiance to PSG deserve closer inspection following that game against Barcelona earlier this week.

“It’s nice to have a lot of clubs interested in me, but I’m thinking about winning the Champions League with PSG and improving myself… I hope it’s a great year, but it’s not the time to talk about the transfer market and I’m not planning to leave Paris where I’m very happy. PSG are one of the five or six best teams in Europe.”

Well, that is a shame, Marco: knocked out of the Champions League in historically embarrassing fashion and trailing behind Monaco in the title race – life under Unai Emery is proving to be tough, and being part of that starting XI at the Camp Nou would be enough in itself to force Verratti into contemplating his future.

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