Matuidi set for new 'super agent' - report
Much-coveted Paris Saint-Germain star Blaise Matuidi is set to team up with 'super agent' Mino Raiola after breaking with advisor Jean-Pierre Bernes, Le Parisien reports, while Marco Verratti's representative says the Italian is staying put in Paris.
Matuidi, 26, has become one of Carlo Ancelotti's most valued assets this season with his lung-bursting displays for the Ligue 1 league leaders helping cement his place in the French national side.
Le Parisien claims the club are keen to extend the midfielder's deal beyond its current expiry of 2014, but will now seemingly have to negotiate with Raiola, 45, and not Bernes, 56.
The French capital's daily reports Matuidi sent a letter received on March 16 explaining he was putting an end to his association with Bernes' agency, Foot Conseil, with whom he was under contract until the end of June this year.
"I contest the legality and legitimacy of this," Carlo Brusa, Bernes' lawyer, told the paper. "This letter, it's a load of old rubbish. By the way, there is no criticism made of Mr. Bernes' work."
Le Parisien claims Raiola, who also represents PSG trio Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Maxwell and Gregory van der Wiel, has made a number of attempts to bring Matuidi into his stable this season.
"In violation of all the rules governing agents, he has even proposed the player to big European teams, notably English ones," Brusa continued. "Of course, the directors of those clubs made sure they informed Mr. Bernes."
Brusa added he would inform the French Football League (LFP) of what Matuidi had allegedly done, and also declared he would alert FIFA to "the actions of Mr. Raiola," who was unavailable for comment.
Meanwhile, Verratti, 20, has told his agent of his desire to remain at PSG. Strongly linked with a move to Juventus in January, the Italy international has started all but three of his club's Ligue 1 encounters in 2013, and his representative, Donato di Campli told RaiSport1, his client now feels "very good in Paris."
Di Campli, who has been locked in talks with PSG over getting Verratti a raise in wages, added: "Who has €25 million to buy him? I've met Leonardo, we'll see about a pay increase and I don't think there will be problems. He's happy to be part of a very big club."