August 17, 2017

Verratti reveals Real Madrid snub

The 23-year-old says he was pleased to hear of interest from the Spanish giants but opted to stay with the French champions because he was happy at the club

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has revealed he turned down the chance to discuss a move to Real Madrid after Los Blancos expressed an interest in the Italy international.

Verratti’s future at PSG has long been the subject of speculation and continues to be despite the midfielder only signing a new five-year deal back in August.

The 23-year-old says he has already opted to stay at Parc des Princes in favour of a move to La Liga but admits he was flattered to hear of interest from the Spanish giants.

“It’s not that I technically turned Real Madrid down, it’s that when I am happy in a team, I don’t even want to begin negotiations with another club,” he told Rai Sport.

“I learned of Real Madrid interest and that was pleasing, because it doesn’t happen every day that Real Madrid ask after you, but when I’m happy at a side, I don’t want to change. I want to win something with this shirt.”

Verratti was also asked for his predictions for the season and tipped Pep Guardiola’s side to claim glory in England with Bayern Munich his favourites for the Champions League.

“Manchester City for the Premier League. They’re not going through the best moment, but I think they are the strongest team,” he added.

“I hope PSG win Ligue 1, although it won’t be easy and we must give more. In Serie A, Juventus are in a different league. The same goes for the Bundesliga and Bayern Munich.

“In Spain I go for Real Madrid.”