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Name Marco Verratti
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Italy National Team
Club as Player Paris Saint-Germain

Relationships

Agent Mino Raiola
  Donato Di Campli [ex]
PSG Sporting Director Antero Henrique

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 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