The agent of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, Donati Di Campli, has insisted his client is happy at the Parc des Princes amid reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.
This week, reports in the Spanish media claimed Di Campli met Barcelona presidential candidate Toni Freixa,fueling speculation suggesting Verratti could be on his way to Spain.
Although Barcelona’s “summer signings” cannot be fielded until January due to a transfer ban handed down by FIFA, the Spanish champions have already completed the signings of Aleix Vidal (Sevilla) and Arda Turan (Atletico Madrid) and Verratti could be the next player to arrive.
However, Di Campli is adamant Verratti is happy in the French capital.
“I haven’t seen Freixa, as was reported in the media, but I have spoken to him on the telephone,” Di Campli told Sky Italia.
“But I speak with a lot of people every day and it doesn’t mean anything.
“Marco is absolutely calm, he is happy in Paris and has a long-term contract. Whoever wants him needs to get in contact directly with Paris St Germain and not with us.
“There’s nothing else for us to add.”
The Italy international, who joined PSG from Italian side Pescara in the summer of 2012, is under contract at the Parc des Princes until 30 June 2019.
Verratti bagged two goals and eight assists in 32 Ligue 1 appearances for PSG in 2014/15.
Cuadrado staying at Chelsea
Meanwhile, in other news, the agent of Chelsea F.C. midfielder Juan Cuadrado, Alessandro Lucci, has moved to rubbish reports linking the player with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Colombia international, who joined Chelsea from Fiorentina for £23.3 million during the last winter transfer window, failed to establish himself as a first-team regular for Jose Mourinho’s side, making just four Premier League starts for the English champions.
“Much to my amazement, I read in some English and Italian newspapers about imaginary figures and agents associated with Cuadrado, so I think it is right to clarify the situation,” Lucci said on tuttomercatoweb.com.
“Cuadrado is a Chelsea player, who (Jose) Mourinho strongly wanted just over five months ago and the coach truly believes in him.
“He has many admirers but I reiterate that Juan is a Chelsea player.
“I, as his agent and intermediary, will decide with Juan his future, nobody else will.”
Cuadrado failed to score in 14 appearances in all competitions for the Blues last season.
Chelsea are best-priced at 8/5 to repeat as English Premier League champions next season.