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Barcelona‘s strategy for Marco Verratti apparently did not persuade the Italian to go away Paris Saint-Germain.

The gifted midfielder conceded that there was “one thing” to the varied stories linking him with a transfer to the Camp Nou this summer time.

However Verratti insists that he’ll stay within the French capital regardless of curiosity from Barcelona, whose president admitted final month that the Spanish outfit failed throughout an strategy to signal the 24-yr-previous.

“Barcelona? There was one thing, however that was so far as it went,” Verratti advised Sky Sport Italia, as translated by ESPN FC. “We did not have some other negotiations.

“I made a decision to remain on this path and I am pleased for it.”

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed the membership’s curiosity in him, in addition to Verratti’s obvious eagerness to hitch the Catalan big. However Bartomeu added that makes an attempt to succeed in an settlement over a switch charge have been unsuccessful as a result of PSG’s refusal to promote.

There had been options that Neymar‘s arrival at PSG was an integral think about Verratti’s choice to remain, however the Italian worldwide claims he reached a choice over his future nicely earlier than the Brazilian’s €222-million switch from Barcelona final week.

“Did Neymar change my thoughts? I (determined) means earlier than,” he stated. “I by no means knew that Neymar would come right here.”

His choice to stay paid off Saturday, with Verratti’s affect in the midst of park serving to PSG safe a season-opening 2-zero victory over SC Amiens.