Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Veratti, a reported summer target for Manchester United, is concerned he may be omitted from Italy’s World Cup squad because he plays his football in France rather than his home nation.
Veratti has been included Cesare Prandelli’s squad to face Spain on Wednesday evening but is far from guaranteed to be a member of the 23 that will travel to Brazil this summer, even if he he excelled for PSG.
The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the more important members of Laurent Blanc’s side, leading to supposed interest from Manchester United, but Veratti admits he fears playing at the Parc de Princes may hinder his World Cup prospects.
"Perhaps I am being punished a bit because I ply my trade in France," Verratti told by L'Equipe.
"However, PSG are still in the Champions League and not all Italian teams can say the same."
Veratti’s performances for PSG have reportedly alerted Manchester United manager David Moyes, although a transfer to Old Trafford would hardly enhance the player’s international chances moving forward.
Manchester United are in extreme danger of missing out on European football for next season, while a place in the Champions League would appear to be almost nailed on where the player to remain in Paris.
Veratti claimed this week that a proposed transfer to Juventus would only be a step back from PSG, and a move to Manchester would surely been the same.
"I feel really good at PSG and I want to remain here for a long time," he said.
"When I was a child, I loved Juventus, but now I am happy to be here. PSG's project is one of the best in the world.
"Should I go to Juve now, then I would be taking a step back. In Paris, I have the possibility to win everything in the next few years."