Verratti says he chose PSG stay over Barcelona

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti told reporters on Sunday that, while links connecting him to Barcelona did indeed have some truth, he decided to stay in France.

There was something, but that was as far as it went,” Verratti said to Sky Sport Italia. “We didn’t have any other negotiations. I decided to stay on this path and I’m happy for it.”

The 24-year-old has long been linked with Barcelona, and it would seem their interest in him over the years has been true. Verratti is an exquisite passer and would fit the Barcelona style perfectly.

They have been searching for a creative spark to sit between the midfield passers and the strikers up front, something which Verratti is capable of. Lionel Messi is tasked with much of the creative duties, and the club is looking for someone to take the weight off his shoulders.

Verratti also said that he chose to stay at PSG before Neymar decided to sign up to play in the French capital, meaning the Brazilian’s addition did not influence his decision at all.