Reported Manchester United and Real Madrid target Marco Verratti has played down talk of a summer exit from Paris Saint-Germain, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, but insists that he wants to stay with the Ligue 1 leaders for 'as long as possible'.

According to talkSPORT, Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been monitoring the Italy international's progress in the French capital, and is weighing up a bid to bring the former Pescara star to Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Manchester United could face competition for Verratti's signature from La Liga giants Real Madrid, who have also been alerted to his potential following a string of impressive performances for Carlo Ancelotti's side this term.

However, despite the continued speculation that surrounds the future of the £10.5million signing, Verratti - who has been dubbed the 'new Andrea Pirlo' in his homeland - is not thinking about leaving PSG.

"I am not thinking about extending [my contract] or my future," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I am just thinking about finishing the season in the best way and winning the most trophies possible.

"I feel very comfortable here, I want to stay as long as possible in Paris. I feel really good."

 

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