Marco Verratti: 'I snubbed Juventus for Paris Saint-Germain'

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti reveals that he could have joined Juventus instead of signing for PSG in the summer of 2012.

Marco Verratti has revealed that he snubbed a move to Juventus last summer in favour of joining Paris Saint-Germain.

The former Pescara starlet helped Les Parisiens to their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years last season, prompting speculation linking him with a return to his native Italy.

He told Radio Deejay: "It is true that I was very close to joining Juventus, but I wanted to play and not be a reserve.

"At that point I had decided to remain with Pescara, but then PSG came and promised me an important role with the team so I agreed to move to France."

The youngster, whose current contract with PSG runs until 2018, has made seven appearances for the club so far this season.

Paris Saint-Germain's head coach Laurent Blanc looks on during a friendly football match between PSG and Hammarby IF at the Tele 2 Arena on July 23, 2013
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