Undetectable holder in the Parisian inter-game, Marco Verratti, 27, seems to still have good years to live in Paris, he who has recently extended his contract until 2024. Questioned by Telefoot Sunday, the Italian international has repeated his love for the capital club, "a beautiful story" that began at the age of 19 from Pescara. "When I came here, I did not expect to stay that many years at all. I stayed because this club gives me everything I'm looking for in football. I have no problem finishing my career here. "
His ambition, too, remains intact. Especially in the European Cup, a major goal for the Paris club. "Winning here would be different than winning in another team. With this squad, if we do not have a problem, I think we can do very good things in the Champions League. "
Seeking him in the Italian second division in 2012, the current sports director of PSG Leonardo has been a vital link in his career. "Leo, I've known him for a long time. We stayed in touch when he left Paris. When there were small problems, we talked to each other. PSG has made a very good choice to bring it back, because everyone is listening. "
Cavani is "not at all sad"
The young Italian has also expressed his admiration for his two teammates and stars of the team, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. If he compares the French to Lionel Messi ("There are not many players like that"), Verratti ensures that the Brazilian "is well", but that he is "happier when he is on the ground" . "At one point he wanted to leave. He had difficult moments. That's why sometimes you try to go back where you feel a little more loved. He knows he must be forgiven. We see that he wants to come back as soon as possible to help this team to go as far as possible. "
While striker Mauro Icardi makes more and more shade to Edinson Cavani, top scorer in the history of the club (195 goals in 287 games) but more often on the bench since the Argentine chained the decisive goals – 9 achievements in 10 games in all competitions -, Verratti ensures that "Edi lives it well". "He's never going to get excited, it's an example for everyone. I do not see it at all sad. When we need him, he is always there. "