Marco Verratti has ended the debate over his future by penning a one-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain that signifies his commitment to the French champions amid serious interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
As reported by the Daily Express, each of that aforementioned English trio are admirers of Italian international Verratti and the general expectation appeared to be that Louis van Gaal, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger would all be eager to revisit their respective pursuits of the 21-year-old when the winter transfer window opens in January.
That would now appear to be a rather pointless exercise, however, with Verratti evidently happy to commit his future at the Parc des Princes until 2019 as PSG seek to continue their domestic dominance and also make a major impact on the European stage.
Deep-lying midfielder Verratti has made quite the impression since moving to the reigning Ligue 1 champions from Pescara back in July 2012.
Initially viewed as an exciting prospect for the future, Verratti quickly managed to force his way into PSG's starting XI on a consistent basis and now rightfully enjoys a reputation as one of European football's most sought-after and dynamic players.
Manchester United are believed to harbour a long-term interest in his services, with first David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal having sought to solve the club's long-term problems in central midfield.
The respective arrivals of Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria - who has enjoyed a lot of success in a wider role against Burnley and in Sunday's 4-0 demolition of Queens Park Rangers - and Daley Blind have certainly improved Van Gaal's options in this regard, although it would be foolish to rule out the famously ambitious Dutchman from making further additions in the new year.
Chelsea certainly do not appear to have any immediate need for new midfield recruits at present, with Marco van Ginkel's recent loan exit to Serie A giants AC Milan a clear indication of the strength and the quality available to Jose Mourinho following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas.
Arsenal, meanwhile, are spoilt for choice purely in terms of attacking midfielders - although the acquisition of a player of Verratti's style could well benefit Arsene Wenger's side in the long-term.
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