Paris: Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) rising star Marco Veratti has delivered a huge blow to clubs eyeing him in the beginning of the European transfer window by saying he was happy to stay with the French champions.
The 22-year-old, who moved to Les Parisiens in 2012 from Italy's third tier club Pescara, has been tracked by English Premier League's Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United since bursting onto the scene at PSG, reports Xinhua.
But Veratti told Gazzetta dello Sport Friday that he's happy in Paris, though, still has dreams of playing in the Italian top flight.
"One day I want to play in Serie A," he said.
"Back when I used to play for Pescara, I was sought after by a lot of clubs, but if I'd ended up in Juventus I doubt they would have given me the same space that I have with PSG," said the midfielder.
Veratti insisted that Paris is the right place for him.
"I am in a great club and I think I made the right choice, because in Italy there is less faith in youth."
"I, on the other hand, believe that if a player is good, then he should play regardless," he added.
The Ligue 1 defending champions are third in the winter break, trailing Marseille by three points.
"PSG can still win everything. We are third in the league, but we'll climb back up. In the Champions League we'll try going as far as we can," commented Veratti.