Italy manager Ventura: "Marco Verratti isn't happy at PSG"
"In Paris, Verratti is playing behind the strikers, which isn’t the correct position for him. He’s a playmaker," said the Italy coach of his midfielder.
Marco Verratti missed the European Championship through injury but has been included in the latest squad by incoming coach Giampiero Ventura.
During his press conference ahead of Italy’s matches against France and Israel, Ventura let slip that the midfielder is becoming disenchanted with life in Paris: “Verratti isn’t happy at PSG,” the Italian tactician said. “He doesn’t play in his position. It’s a shame because he’s a fantastic player.”
Verratti has yet to contradict his coach’s statement and renewed his contract with the Ligue 1 champions a month ago amid interest from Real Madrid.
However, the arrival of midfield reinforcements in the imposing shape of Grzegorz Krychowiak and the traffic jam in the middle of the Parc des Princes with Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi and Adrien Rabiot vying for a place leaves Verratti often on the bench or out of position. So far this season the Italian hasn’t played the full 90 under Unai Emery.
“In Paris, Verratti is playing behind the strikers, which isn’t the correct position for him. He’s a playmaker,” noted Ventura.
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