Italy defeated Greece 2-0 over the weekend to claim the top spot in Group J and book their ticket to UEFA Euro 2020 per The Guardian. The result was definitely worth celebrating as Italy missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup and are looking to recapture their former glory.
Paris Saint-Germain’s midfielder Marco Verratti is one of the most talented players on the Italian squad. As a Paris Saint-Germain supporter, it was great to see Verratti experience some well-deserved success with his national team.
In the win over Greece, there was a moment late in the first half where Verratti really showed his quality on the ball. With Dimitrios Kourbelis drapped all over him, Verratti dribbled in circles around the midfield playing keep-a-way from his opponent before picking out a pass to a teammate.
Verratti has been in excellent form this season for Paris Saint-Germain and is one of the main reasons they are currently top of their group in the UEFA Champions League and Ligue 1. Along with Idrissa Gueye and Marquinhos, PSG’s midfield has been excellent in every facet of the game.
The 26-year-old was signed from Pescara in 2012 for €12 million per Goal and currently, Transfermarkt rates him as a €75 million player. Not bad business for the reigning French champions but they won’t be looking to sell any time soon despite a number of suitors, including Manchester United according to Metro. As reported by L’Equipe, PSG has proposed a contract extension to the Italy international that would keep him at the club until 2024.
Verratti has yet to put pen to paper and sign the extension but the expectation is that he will. In the article from L’Equipe, they recall Verratti saying that he was ready to consider “finishing his career there [Paris].
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