Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti says that he and Andrea Pirlo could co-exist in the same Italian national side.
Verratti will start instead of the Juventus playmaker in this evening’s glamour friendly against France at Parma.
However, the former Pescara revelation is confident that Cesare Prandelli could field both simultaneously.
“Pirlo will soon return to the starting line-up, but I am convinced that we can co-exist,” commented the 20-year-old.
“I can, after all, play as the attacking midfielder behind two strikers because that is a role I have covered in the past.”
Verratti was transformed into a Pirlo-style deep playmaker by Zdenek Zeman at Pescara last season. He joined PSG for €12m in the summer.
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