Manchester United's hopes of potentially signing Marco Verratti appear to have suffered a major blow, with the player having admitted that he doesn't think there is 'any chance' of leaving Paris Saint-Germain.
21-year-old Verratti, a capped Italian international who has established himself as one of European football's most-promising midfielders at Parc des Princes, joined Ligue 1 champions PSG from Pescara during the summer of 2012 and has made 21 domestic appearance for the Parisians this season as they bid to win another title.
However Verratti, who played 65 minutes of PSG's 4-2 win over Toulouse on Sunday, has moved to re-affirm his commitment to his current employers.
"Nothing can make me leave Paris Saint-Germain. I am feeling very well here," he told L'Equipe in an interview that was quoted by Goal.com.
"I am feeling just fine both on and off the pitch. Not everybody gets the chance to be a starter at a big club like this and develop into a better player.
"PSG are a great team with a lot of ambition. The club has an interesting project going on and has some big objectives. At this point, I don't think there's any chance that I will leave this club," he added.
Manchester United's need for a midfield boost this summer is perfectly clear, with summer signing Marouane Fellaini having missed large chunks of the season with various injury problems and the likes of Tom Cleverley failing to impress under David Moyes.
Verratti, a super all-round midfield talent, could have been the ideal man to fill such a void, but now it appears that Manchester United may have to look elsewhere with the Italian seemingly content at PSG.
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