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Manchester United target never wanted to join

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Manchester United's summer target Marco Verratti has rubbished any rumours that he was after a move this year, according to French newspaper Le 10 Sport.

The 20-year-old PSG midfielder was targeted by a host of European teams, including United, Real Madrid, Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Juventus, but has declared that he never thought about anything other than playing for the French champions.

There was constant speculation linking the Italian with a move away from France, particularly because of problems with his contract renewal negotiations, but the starlet has stated that there was never his intention to leave.

"I did not think to go. At the end of last season, there was a coaching change. I did not know who was coming cause the PSG.

"But from the moment I was reassured by that, as soon as you asked me to extend my contract, I immediately said or it's always been my priority to extend to PSG."

Verratti was reportedly wanted by David Moyes as he looked to strengthen the United side he inherited in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, and at one point it looked like he might head to Manchester, having refused PSG's offer of a new contract.

Ultimately though the youngster opted to re-sign at the Parc des Princes and penned a deal tying him to the club until 2018.

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