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Marco Verratti
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer
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Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Paris Saint-Germain


Agent Mino Raiola
  Donato Di Campli [ex]

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti on Zlatan] Before winning the 2012/13 league title, we were getting ready to play against Lyon. Carlo Ancelotti was a bit tense, so Ibra approached him and asked him if he believed in Jesus. Ancelotti said yes, so Ibra told him, ‘Good, so you believe in me. You can relax!’ Zlatan is like this - he has a lot of self-confidence

2016 09 03 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti tells about having to say goodbye to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the end of last season] I’m not someone who cries easily. I did everything not to…But I could see from his face that he was sad too. After everything that we did together, it was difficult

2017 01 21 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti talks about former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s influence on his career] Zlatan Ibrahimovic taught us to become leaders! He is a player who improves everyone who plays with him. With PSG, it was impressive to see that he was still training like an 18-year-old boy. He was also an example to follow in the locker room. He was a leader. Sometimes, just watching him train, you wanted to do more to not appear ridiculous. He brought a victorious mentality to Paris

2017 04 18 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti on Presial Kimpembe] A surprise for us this season. Presial Kimpembe’s performance against Barcelona proved that he is not just here for the future, he is ready now. He will play between 20 and 30 games for PSG this season. For a central defender of his age, in a team like PSG, that is very rare

2017 04 18b Retrieve

[Marco Verratti on Maxwell] Maxwell is my friend and now I take advantage of him because I know I only have three more months to play with him. So, I spend a lot of time with him. No one has ever said a bad word about Maxwell. He won everything in his life but remains very humble. I imagine him taking a role in the management team at PSG. Why not sporting director? He is loved by everyone, is always talking, in 5 or 6 languages, and represents the image of the club like few others. That would be a good idea

2017 04 18c Retrieve

[Marco Verratti on Layvin Kurzawa] Layvin Kurzawa is One of my most loved colleagues off the pitch. We are the same age so we spend a lot of time together. He is the present of France and of PSG, because he is really very strong. He can become even stronger if he realises his potential

2017 04 18d Retrieve

[Marco Verratti on Thiago Motta] On the pitch, Thiago Motta is the boss. He does not make ten assists in the year, but he is very important to the team. He understands football and I am sure he will be a coach in the future. We should take advantage of him because he is still good at his age. Even physically. He can make most of the running in his head. I hope he will be here another year. I will try to convince him and I think he will not have a problem playing another season

2017 04 18e Retrieve

[Marco Verratti on Adrien Rabiot] Adrien Rabiot is the best in the world at his age. He has everything. A great personality, and he’s very strong both physically and technically. This year he has found his place in the team and this is good news for PSG. The coach has faith in him

2017 04 18f Retrieve

[Marco Verratti on Grzegorz Krychowiak] Grzegorz Krychowiak and I often get involved in the game to find out who is best dressed. He is always smiling despite his injury problems. His game is different to that of Thiago Motta, but it is very useful for the team. We need his skills. When he returns from injury, I’m sure he will have his chance in the team

2017 07 07 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti asks for forgiveness after Barcelona FC 6-1 PSG] I feel ashamed. We ask for the fans’ forgiveness. We’re obviously very sad

It was Barcelona who forced us to play deep. We knew that all of the Barcelona players are better than us. The only thing we had to do was to play as a team and to play united. It’s never easy at the Camp Nou and it’s difficult to cover all of the space

[As for the officiating, Verratti did not seek to blame the referee Deniz Aytekin for his side’s failures] There were two penalties given against us. Yet we lost 6-1, so it was because of us, not because of the referee

2017 07 07 Retrieve

[After trying to force a move out to join Barcelona, Marco Verratti has apologised to supporters and stated his happiness at the club] We’ve gone through some tough times over the last few days. I saw what my agent said and I just want to say that they are not my words at all. I want to apologise to everyone, the club, the president, the fans and the players. I am very happy here and I’m excited to be back

[Barcelona had made Marco Verratti their priority this summer and despite the player trying to push through a move, PSG stood their ground and appear to have won the war] The club believe in me and I really want to apologise once more. I have not spoken because I have a lot of respect for PSG and I owe it to them that I have become the player I am today. The statements were not mine and he [my agent] made a big mistake. I hope this does not happen again and I just want to focus on working hard and doing my best for the club

2017 10 21 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti explains why he want to move from PSG] I’m honest, for the first time in five years I wondered if I should stay here. People think that I play for PSG for the money, but I could get that elsewhere, too. If I had moved in the summer, there were clubs ready to pay €100m to sign me and I would have earned a lot more

Neymar, he could have earned as much with Manchester City or Chelsea. He didn’t sign here for the money but the project. It’s the same with me

[The 24-year-old Italy midfielder reiterates his frustration about the situation he found himself in, which led to him replacing agent Donato Di Campli with Mino Raiola] It was really complicated. I didn’t expect a summer like that. A lot of things happened that I did not like, among them people from my side. They thought of themselves and not me. I never told PSG: ‘I want to leave’

The only thing I did was explain to them some things I didn’t understand. We went through some complicated times last season. We didn’t live up to ourselves as a team that wants to win everything. We were asked to win everything and there were others a lot stronger than us

[While Verratti admitted that he had lost faith in the ambition of the club, the summer’s big spending was not what convinced him to stay] I wasn’t sure if we were a team with very big ambitions. When new sporting director Antero Henrique arrived, the first thing I did was shorten my holidays to speak to him. As soon as we had our first talk, I told him: ‘It’s good, I’ll stay here’. I didn’t stay because Neymar and Mbappe arrived - at that time I didn’t even know they were going to sign

2018 11 16 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti comments on the new Italy national team after a year on from the humiliation of failing to reach a World Cup finals for the first time since 1958] The national team has got back on its feet from the blow of a year ago against Sweden. I like the philosophy of Mancini, I like playing with Jorginho, I like always having the ball to play with

2019 07 29 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti has suggested Paris Saint Germain not to stand in the way of Neymar’s proposed switch to Barcelona] When a player really wants to leave, the club must let him go, according to the conditions set by the club, of course. But you must not keep a player who wants to leave. Of course, I would be disappointed to see him go. I never heard him say that he wanted to leave, after I don’t know what he told the club. But personally, of course, I prefer to see him stay

2019 08 12 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti wants Neymar to stay at Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar was targeted by supporters during the match, who called for the 27-year-old to leave the club] I didn’t listen to that. Supporters can say what they think. We are very close to Ney. He is a player who gave a lot to Paris. Last year, he scored in important moments. As soon as he played, we only talked about him because he is an incredible player who excites everyone. I think for him it’s good if things are clear, if he stays or if he leaves. These are things he will manage with the club, but I want him to stay

2019 09 17 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti says Paris Saint-Germain are stronger than ever after a good summer transfer window] I think, and I’m not afraid to say it, we’re stronger. We brought in the players we needed. We have a very good team. That does not mean that we will win the Champions League, but we want to do better than in the past. We are not going to say that we will win the Champions League when it hasn’t even started, but we want to go as far as possible. I think the club worked well and had a very good transfer window. Neymar is perhaps the most important player we recruited

[Despite his match-winning performance against Strasbourg, Neymar was met with a frosty reception from the home fans in his first game back] We need players like Neymar or Kylian who are a bit above everyone else. Neymar had a difficult time with things outside of football that have somewhat destabilised him. But when he learned that he was staying, I saw him with a smile as always. He loves football, he is a player who will help us a lot. We are lucky to have him in Paris, we must enjoy him. I know that the fans have not forgotten, but I hope that Neymar will do everything [to make amends] and we will celebrate all this together at the end of the season. In football, there are always some nice moments and I hope that it will end well. Neymar will give 110 per cent

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[Neymar showing Barcelona exactly what they missed out on this summer] I think the club worked well and had a very good transfer window. Neymar is perhaps the most important player we ‘recruited

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti has signed a contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain that will keep him tied to the club until 2024] I think I’m coming to the most important period of my career. I think at 27, you know a lot more things, you have more experience and I think it’s the age to do things right. That’s why I’m really happy to be able to continue here in Paris

I feel like I play for a team that has a very big project. For me, it’s the main thing because I want to try to win as much as possible. And here we have this possibility because we have a great team, we have a great coach. We can do great things together

2019 11 10 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti believes Paris Saint-Germain are capable of winning the Champions League this season] I think we can do very good things in the Champions League this season, with this squad if we have no problems. Do I feel like I’m playing in the best team in the world? Yes, because I play with great players. We should have a lot of confidence in ourselves because I don’t really see any teams better than us

If I stayed, it’s because this club gives me everything I’m looking for in football. I’d have no problem with finishing my career here. People ask me: ‘Why do not you try another experience?’ Because for me, here, it’s always like the first day, I always want to help the team. For me, winning here is different from winning in another team

2019 12 10 Retrieve

[When quizzed on why he opted to prolong a seven-year spell with PSG] It could have been the last chance to change, but I think winning with PSG is more beautiful. I have always said that if I feel good in one place, I don’t need to go elsewhere. And I’m happy to have signed with [sporting director] Leonardo again, as he brought me here in 2012. With him and his knowledge of football, we can go far

[Verratti claims the South American remains committed to PSG] In these two years he has been unlucky. He got hurt and was missing in crucial moments, but he has the talent and personality to make a difference in big matches. He is recovering his rhythm and I hope he is at his best in February. I see him happy here

Mbappe? He has clear ideas. We have seen him grow incredibly day after day. He has the right mentality to establish himself at the top without getting lost along the way

[Pressed on whether the presence of world-class talent makes Thomas Tuchel’s side serious contenders] We are among the favourites, but in the Champions League there are teams with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong. The important thing is to give everything and to have no regrets

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Verratti: PSG have four of the 10 best players in the world] It was our first match of 2020 at home. it was also an important match because it is a quarter-final of the Coupe de la Ligue and because last year we were eliminated at this stage, that’s why we started this game very seriously, we started well. Scoring after two minutes made it easier for us, the red [card] too. It’s a deserved victory. We also said that in the locker room, you have to give everything, nonstop. At the end of the match we were all happy. I think we are lucky to have four players who are in the top 10 in the world. [It’s] incredible to have that. That’s why the coach decided to change the system because leaving one of the four on the bench is difficult

Mauro? He may not touch the ball, he knows the ball will reach him and he will score, he is always ready. This is his main characteristic of Mauro. We didn’t think it was going to be as good, the first six months are always difficult, but it is incredible and we hope it will continue like this

2020 02 10 Retrieve

[Cavani nets his third Ligue 1 goal of the season following failed PSG exit] He is still training with the smile on, he’s still in the group. Always 100%. That’s why his goal makes us happy. In a team like that, there may be times when you’re not a permanent starter. You have to have confidence in him

Dortmund, of course we are ready. We still have time. There are still matches left. We are coming well, after that it will be a complicated match, certainly. It will be a knockout round of the Champions League in a difficult stadium. We will do everything to win. I have a lot of confidence in this team. That does not mean that we are sure to win the Champions League, but we have a great team. I don’t see other teams that are really better than us, even if the Champions League is always special matches. We are solid, we must have confidence in ourselves

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Verratti: I miss PSG team-mates during coronavirus lockdown but we all have a responsibility to stay home] I’m fine, everything’s fine. The confinement is hard for everybody but I try to find the positives, to take advantage of being with my family a little more. I try to do things that I didn’t do much before. I’m working every day. I might even be working a bit more than I did before! Before, with the matches, we didn’t have a lot of time to train or to heal when he had little issues. We [the PSG squad] have been talking a lot, we keep up to date, we swap news. It’s normal, we are used to being together every day. It is true that training is a routine but we spent the days together with our friends and I really miss that now.

It feels like it has been a year since we played in our stadium with our supporters! I miss a lot of feelings; the one after a goal, or after a win. Italy is a few weeks ahead of France. A few days before the match against Dortmund, I was never going out. It may not seem like it is serious, but when this disease affects you, it is very serious. You have to be careful and think about your family, because when you go out, you endanger your parents and your children. We all have a great responsibility. You have to show that you are strong. In Italy, like in France, we are very united in difficult times. Every evening at 8pm, people applaud those who are the real heroes, who are working 12, 15, 18 hours a day, endangering themselves and their families. They do wonderful work

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti recently admitted he’s missing the routines of football] I’m fine, everything’s fine. The confinement is hard for everybody but I try to find the positives, to take advantage of being with my family a little more. I try to do things that I didn’t do much before. I’m working every day. I might even be working a bit more than I did before! Before, with the matches, we didn’t have a lot of time to train or to heal when he had little issues. We [the PSG squad] have been talking a lot, we keep up to date, we swap news. It’s normal, we are used to being together every day. It is true that training is a routine but we spent the days together with our friends and I really miss that now

2020 04 26 Retrieve

[Marco Verratti insists that his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates are not interested in financial gain, while expressing his dream of winning the Champions League with the French side] At the start and even now, there are a lot of players who tell me, ‘come on, talk to the president, I want to come and play there’. PSG have become one of the seven or eight best teams in the world. That is why there are so many players, some of which I don’t know, who want to play for PSG. Some say we play at PSG for the money but it’s not the case. If a player plays for money, he’ll go to China. When a player chooses to play for PSG he is also choosing a project that may one day win the Champions League. In this town, that will mean five times more than winning it at another club.

It is quite difficult at PSG because when you lose a game there is a lot of pessimism. It is true that in the league we are used to winning, we have won a lot for the last seven years. We have won every trophy possible in France and that is why there is always a lot of hope in the Champions League. But the Champions League is always a very tough competition and you have to keep your confidence levels up because you come up against the strongest players, the strongest teams in Europe, especially when you reach the quarters where they are all there