Marco Verratti has reportedly signed a new 5-year-deal with Paris Saint Germain.
Prior to this contract extension, Verratti’s transfer situation had been watched by the likes of Manchester United and Napoli. The latter had even made a bid for the player, believed to be around 50 million.
Last season the Italian made 27 appearances for the French champions, however, in only seven of these did he play the full 90 minutes.
This campaign, he will be looking to make an impression in the first team as he looks to establish himself as a guaranteed starting player for the Ligue 1 champions.
At just 20 years of age, Verratti has already shown huge amounts of potential. His performances in both domestically and in Europe are only a mere sign of what is yet to come.
The midfielder boasts a average shot accuracy and an average pass success ratio of 100% and 90%, respectively. At a first glance, both these figures look remarkable. However, he actually only took one shot on goal last season.
In spite of this, his passing statistics tell no lies. He found a team mate more than 1,400 times last season, creating 19 chances in the process. More importantly 4 of these opportunities resulted in goals.
Verratti is a fantastic asset to the PSG midfield, particularly for his creativity and play-making abilities. When the French outfit need someone to shift the ball in midfield, the Italian is the ideal man to call upon.
His ability to pick out a pass would be an asset to any top European side and considering his vision will only increase with age and experience, he is certainly an exciting prospect for the future.
His performances for the Italian under 21 side in Israel will have gained a mass of attention this summer. Paris Saint Germain fans will be hoping that the confidence gained from a successful run in this tournament can be carried into the opening fixtures of the league season.
I, for one, believe Verratti has a huge future ahead of him, especially if he is given the playing time that he desires during the 2013/14 campaign. There is no reason he cannot become one of the clubs star players, even among the likes of Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.