“Verratti not interested in Barca”

Marco Verratti used Barcelona interest as leverage as he angled for a new deal at Paris Saint-Germain, according to Carlo Ancelotti.

The Bayern Munich boss, formerly in charge at the Parc des Princes, believes the midfielder had no intention of joining the Blaugrana this summer despite intense media speculation.

“I don’t like those things, that kind of behaviour,” Ancelotti told Le Figaro ahead of his side’s Champions League clash with the French giants.

“Many players want to leave their clubs when the transfer window is open, but I don’t know if they really want to leave just improve their contracts.

“Verratti? He wanted a better contract. I know him well!

“PSG-Bayern? I’m excited. I’ll find a Paris Saint-Germain side that have changed a lot from when I left in 2013.

“The club have improved, they have more experience and have spent a lot of money. Now they’re a great club.

“I’m happy to go back to Parc des Princes and see the fans and players like Thiago Silva, Rabiot, Motta, Verratti and Pastore again.

“We had a good relationship and I miss them. I’m always in contact with President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.”