Verratti: I’m no prisoner at PSG

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Marco Verratti refuted his agent's claims that PSG are blocking his move to Barcelona and insists that he will consider remaining at the French club.

The midfielder's representative followed up Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu's recent suggestions that the transfer will not happen despite Verratti being keen on it, by saying that the player is 'trapped' at Parc des Princes.

"Marco Verratti is a prisoner of the Emir," Donato Di Campli told Corrierre dello Sport. "Al-Khelaifi has told me that if he sells [Verratti] then they would never forgive him in Doha."

Speaking to PSG's official website, the 24-year old Italy international attempted to calm tensions brewing between the two clubs and assured fans that his mind is not made up about the move.

"We've gone through some tough times over the last few days," Verratti said on Friday. 

"I saw what my agent said and I just wanted to say that they are not my words at all. And I want to apologise to everyone at the club, the president, the fans and the players.

"I am very happy here, we got back to training today. I am thrilled to be back here and working again. I know the club trusts me and I really want to apologise once again. I don't talk much as I have a lot of respect for Paris Saint-Germain."

"I have become the player I am today thanks to the club and that's why I am deeply sorry. They were not my words and he made a big mistake.

"I hope that this will not happen again," the Italy international added. "Everyone wants to focus on working and I too want to do my best, as I always do for the club."