Verratti backs Neymar: I would've lost it much earlier


He did not sign here for the money but for the project.

A 5-1 win at Marseille last season served as one of the highlights of PSG's campaign and Emery is fully away of the weight carried by the upcoming fixture against Rudi Garcia's men. "It's the same with me".

The Italy global replaced his agent Donato Di Campli in July after he described the player as a "prisoner" in Paris with talk of an exit gaining traction.

"It was really complicated", he said.

"I did not expect to spend a summer like this". A lot of things happened that I did not like, among them people from my side. Given their need for reinforcements and to send a positive message to the fans, many thought they could move for Verratti.

"It's not true that I asked the club to leave".

"When the new sports director (Antero Henrique) arrived, the first thing I did was shorten my holidays and come and explain things to me".

"We are a little disappointed about the sending off because he was fouled a lot throughout the match", Emery told a news conference. We didn't live up to ourselves as a team that wants to win everything.

Verratti said his team-mate did well to control himself for so long, having earlier delayed taking a corner as objects thrown from the stands rained down near him.

With the incredible fire-power at the disposal of PSG following their summer spending spree, which also saw Kylian Mbappe added to the fold, Xavi admits the Parisian club will be a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League.

"I was thinking always in Barcelona, its my favourite team, I feel Barcelona in my heart, it's the best club in the world". As soon as we had our first discussion, I told him, "It's okay, I'm staying here".

"I didn't stay because Neymar and Mbappe arrived - at that time I didn't even know they were going to sign".



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