According to French broadcaster RMC Sport, midfielder Marco Verratti of Paris Saint-Germain is unhappy about Lionel Messi’s potential departure and wants to leave France.
Verratti has been a member of the current Les Parisiens team the longest. He was acquired by the Ligue 1 powerhouses in 2012 for €12 million from the Italian team Pescara. Since then, the midfielder has made 413 appearances for the French powerhouses in various leagues, scoring 11 goals and dishing out 61 assists.
The international player from Italy has enjoyed a successful time at PSG, collecting a total of 29 trophies, including eight Ligue 1 championships. The midfielder is in line to add another league champion’s gold to his collection as the Parisians boast a six-point lead at the top of the standings with three games remaining.
Verratti’s future at the Parc des Princes is in question, though. The aforementioned source claims that the former Pescara resident intends to leave Paris this summer.
According to the article, the Italian’s choice is thought to have been influenced by Messi’s potential exit from PSG. The winner of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is good friends with Marco Verratti, who wants the forward to extend his contract past this year.
Fabrizio Romano, a transfer analyst, asserts that Messi will undoubtedly depart the team as a free agent. Verratti might follow suit and sever his 11-year affiliation with the French powerhouses.
According to the report, PSG won’t go in Marco Verratti’s way because club advisor Luis Campos is willing to find a solution for the midfielder. Additionally, they would be happy to get rid of the 30-year-old, who makes almost €11 million annually, from their payroll.