Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has decided to establish his new journey at Qatari side Al-Arabi, after culminating his 11-year bonhomie with French giants Paris Saint-Germain. One of the mainstays at the club, his departure might prove to be hard for the French champions.
Marco Verratti joins Al-Arabi
Marco Verratti has been considered one of the midfield legends for the Italian National team. The “Little Owl”, often known for his diminutive stature, has been one of the enthusiastic and legendary players in the midfield, owing to his exploits with both his club and country. His penetrative run-ins and swift dribbles which had perfectly complimented his height were the talk of the town as he has become one of the permanent stars for the reigning EURO Champions.
Coming to his PSG journey, which has been one of his dazzling steps in his career, having joined the club in 2012, 11 years ago, thus making him one of the longest serving players for the Parisians. He had joined the Ligue 1 giants from Italian side Pescara, and has featured in more than 410 appearances, becoming a club veteran in the process. He has amassed 11 goals and has registered more than 60 assists, and has plied trades with some of the biggest names, including Argentine World Cup winner Lionel Messi, Brazilian star Neymar and French great Kylian Mbappe.
A pivot for the French giants
Marco Verratti has been one of the decorated players for PSG, as he has scripted history in winning several titles in his trophy cabinet. He has won nine Ligue 1 titles, and was instrumental in leading the team last season. But, this season, he was informed that he was surplus to the club’s requirements, as the club had acquired several midfielders this season with the signings of Lee Kang-In and Manuel Ugarte, with both of them starting games. He was intimidated of his schedule by Luis Campos and Luis Enrique, as he attracted interests from several heavyweights.
Most prompt and eye-catching interest ushered from Middle-East as Qatari side Al-Arabi submitted their proposal to sign one of the seasoned veterans of Paris, as the transfer window remains open till 18th of September. As a result, Verratti would be seen plying his trade with Qatari giants, as he joins the side for 45 million euros.
PSG thanked their “little owl” for his service that he rendered to the club since 11 years, as in an official press release, they have expressed their gratitude for the Italian maestro.
Verratti did not feature in any single game this season before the international break, as the clubs gear up for a return into club football this weekend. He has expressed his respect for PSG colors, as he was heard saying, “I was very proud to wear PSG’s colors for over a decade, to play alongside big players and to win 30 trophies. Paris, the club and its supporters will always have a special place in my heart. I will always be Parisian.”