Italian starlet latest player to agree on new terms with French champions.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has agreed on a new deal with the club amid speculation linking him with a return to Serie A.
The 20-year-old has been linked with both Napoli and Fiorentina this summer, after his agent revealed that his client was seeking an improved deal in Paris.
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis dismissed interest in the player, instead suggesting that it was the work of the star’s agent, Donato Di Campli, who was attempting to secure more money for his client.
It would appear that Di Campli’s plan has now worked, after an agreement was reached on improved terms despite the player only arriving last summer in a €12m deal.
“The deal is reached with PSG,” Di Campli wrote on Twitter as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Marco Verratti will remain until 2018. The contract signing will occur after his return from the game in Gabon.”
The youngster impressed during his debut season in France, and has flirted with the senior national squad with Cesare Prandelli keeping a keen eye on his progress in light of the World Cup next summer.
It is believed in Italy that Verratti will eventually replace Andrea Pirlo at the heart of the Azzurri midfield, with his ability and attributes matching those of the legendary Italian midfielder.
However, after agreeing a new deal any chance of a return to Serie A has been scuppered as Verratti looks to continue to establish himself as an integral part of the project at PSG.