Marco Verratti will remain at Paris Saint-Germain next season, despite reported interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The 20-year-old playmaker enjoyed a terrific campaign in France, making 26 league appearances for PSG as they won their first Ligue 1 title in 19 years.
Verratti, who joined the French club from Palermo for 12 million euros last year, saw his impressive form earn him three Italian caps in the 2012-13 campaign.
He has attracted the interest of scouts from across Europe, leading to reports that Real are keen on adding the youngster to their squad.
But the player’s agent, Donato Di Campli, says Verratti will be going nowhere.
“I confirm what I have said in the past. A lot of money is needed to sign Marco,” Di Campli told Italian football website calciomercato.it.
“No Italian team at this moment in time has what is needed to sign him.
“If we then add the player’s desire to stay then I can say with some certainty that he will remain with PSG over the summer.”