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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

Relationship

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

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

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