The Italy international was linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes during the close-season but he says he is happy with the Ligue 1 champions
Marco Verratti has insisted that he never thought about leaving Paris Saint-Germain this summer – despite the alleged interest of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in his services.
The 21-year-old Italy international is widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders in world football and has reportedly attracted the intention of Europe’s elite clubs.
However, Verratti, who was heavily linked with Juventus before joining PSG, says that he has never entertained the idea of seeking a move away from the Parc des Princes.
“PSG and Paris were always my first choices,” he told L’Equipe. “[Coach Laurent] Blanc has faith in me.
“I’m at one of the best clubs in the world. I have never had any intention of leaving.
“Although there has been talk of Real and Bayern, when I’m happy in a place, I don’t look around.”
Indeed, Verratti is currently concentrated on PSG’s mouth-watering Champions League clash with Barcelona.
The French champions have been held in five of their eight Ligue 1 games so far this term and Verratti admits that PSG have to rediscover the ruthlessness of previous campaigns if they are to have a chance of beating the Blaugrana.
“We’re not playing as well as before and we’re coming off a lot of draws,” he mused.
“But we’re not in crisis and we are unbeaten. Now, we are stronger and everyone knows us better.
“We only have to play better and score more.”