Marco Verratti will not join Juve - agent
Marco Verratti's agent has rejected speculation that the midfielder could leave Paris Saint-Germain, despite the Ligue 1 champions reportedly considering using him as a makeweight in a deal for Juventus' Paul Pogba.
Alerted by Juve's recent admission they would struggle to reject a major offer for Pogba, 20, PSG are reportedly considering a move for the France international, who not only fits the bill in terms of quality but also appeals as a Paris-born player.
Should they step up their interest in Pogba, PSG may be led to reconsider their position on Verratti, 20, who joined PSG as a virtual unknown from Pescara in summer 2012 and was strongly linked with a move to Juve last January only to eventually play a fundamental role in the club's title triumph under Carlo Ancelotti.
New coach Laurent Blanc has also found a place this season for the tigerish Italy international, who only signed a one-year contract extension through to 2018 and received a significant wage increase in August and Verratti's representative said his client is not angling for a return to Serie A.
“For the moment, there are only rumours,” Donato Di Campli told TMW. “There's been no contact. He extended his contract with PSG a few weeks ago. Marco's aim is to stay in Paris. Unless the club thinks differently. Marco feels really good in France. He's playing regularly, and is producing very positive displays.”
Napoli have also been linked but Di Campli added on Radio Kiss Kiss: “Marco is linked with all the clubs in Italy, but he is one of the linchpins at PSG.
“I can rule out a move to Napoli 100 percent -- not only Napoli but also Juve or anyone else. Marco will not leave Paris.”