May 28, 2017

Is Paris Saint Germain’s Blaise Matuidi holding out for a move to Manchester United?

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According to reports in The Sun over the past day, Paris Saint Germain and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has failed to commit his future to the French club amidst interest of a summer move away.

The experienced midfielder helped PSG on their way to becoming Coupe de France champions on Saturday night but admitted that he doesn’t know whether his future lies in France or elsewhere.

Talking after PSG’s dramatic late victory over Angers, Matuidi said:

“I don’t know yet. I am feeling good in Paris. It’s hard as you don’t know the real position of the club. There is no decision taken so far.

“Honestly, I don’t want to lie, I don’t know yet. I am feeling good in Paris.

“Even if in the future I should leave, Paris stays the club of my heart. It would always be like that.”

The Sun had previously reported last summer that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wanted to bring the 30-year-old to Old Trafford, and that move looks to be edging closer this year.

What could Matuidi bring to Old Trafford?

Often operating in a more defensive role in the midfield for PSG. Matuidi often plays an almost N’Golo Kante-esque role in the middle of the park, plugging the gaps between defence and attack.

His immense work-rate and energy levels leaves him able to act as the perfect box-to-box midfielder, rarely running out of stamina and working tirelessly until the very final whistle is blown in a match.

Although Manchester United’s midfield options are hardly dwindling at present, this ability to relentlessly run throughout the 90 minutes offers something that United’s current crop simply can’t match at present.

The 30-year-old also has an impressive left-foot on him for a so-called defensive midfielder, finding the target 23 times in just over 200 appearances for PSG and an added eight times for France.

Matuidi is also part of a rare crop of world-class footballers that are as intelligent on the field as they are physical, cleverly making movements to create space for teammates in the final third of the field, and his ability to anticipate the pattern of opposition play is crucial to his high rate of ball-winning.

There’s a tenacity to his play – both inside his own half and the opposition half – that would lend himself superbly to the high tempo of the Premier League, and he could prove to be a thorn in many a top side.

During his early days at PSG there were talks of him being able to emulate the style of legendary French midfielder Claude Makelele, and after a successful career it’s easy to see where the comparisons are.


Blaise Matuidi to Manchester United
Transfer Likelihood
The Boot Room's Verdict
With Matuidi having just one year left on his current deal – and talks with PSG not yet beginning over an extension to this – the French side may want to offload him before he becomes a free agent. There’s no denying that the midfielder could certainly add something to a developing Manchester United side, with his wealth of domestic and international experience second-to-none. Yet it was announced on Saturday that Michael Carrick has now signed a new one-year deal, and with Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini set to remain Matuidi may not be needed.
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