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Verratti a future star, says Baresi

Former Italy international Franco Baresi is confident Italy midfielder Marco Verratti will become a top player on the international scene.

The 19-year-old joined French big spenders Paris Saint-Germain in the off-season and he has already become an integral part of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s plans at the Parc des Princes.

Baresi, who made 82 appearances for the national side, and was named the Italian Player of the Century by FIGC, firmly believes Verratti is one for the future.

“This is a young boy but already he is very professional. He will become very strong,” Baresi said.

“He will gain experience with Paris Saint-Germain, where he has met great champions and Carlo Ancelotti, a very experienced Italian coach.

“I think he will be good for the team (Italy) and will be important for PSG.”

Verratti is yet to make his competitive debut for Italy but has been touted as a long-term replacement for Andrea Pirlo.

Thu 18 October, 2012
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