The agent of Marco Verratti has defended the young Italian’s decision to leave the peninsula for Paris Saint-Germain.
The 19-year-old was targeted by Juventus and Napoli this summer, but they refused to meet Pescara’s €12m asking price.
That fee was no problem for the French giants and the Italian Under-21 international, who has never played in Serie A, completed his move earlier this month.
“Nobody believed in the boy,” Donato De Campli told Sky Sport Italia. “Marco has gone to PSG and boss Carlo Ancelotti has immediately made him feel important.
“The Italian clubs had different ideas. Marco’s strength right now is probably that he is not aware of what is happening to him.”
Verratti, transformed into a deep lying playmaker by Zdenek Zeman last season, was included in Cesare Prandelli’s 32-man Euro 2012 squad but didn’t make the final cut.
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