Italian midfielder Marco Veratti decided to continue his 10-year-long legacy with the French club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) by signing a new contract with them which will see him staying at the club till 2026.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed Veratti’s contract extension on Wednesday.
After signing the new contract, the 30-year-old said that the new contract was an “obvious” choice for him and that he considers the French club his “second home”.
“It was obvious to me that my story would continue to be written here at PSG, my second home,” the midfielder said.
Verratti stepped into PSG back on July 18, 2012. He made his first competitive debut for PSG in a match against Lille on September 2, 2012. He first signed a contract extension with the club in 2016, for three years, ending in 2019. He renewed his contract again in October 2019 for three years which ended in 2022.
The Italian has made a total of 474 appearances in his 10-year-long career at the club. He has scored a total of 13 goals for them, but being a midfielder, his primary contribution has come in the form of assists and tackles.
He was also a member of the UEFA Euro Cup-winning Italy side in 2021 after Italy defeated England to win the title.
There has been interest from other European clubs to sign Verratti and Manchester City were also closely monitoring the situation, according to some reports. However, the Qatari owners at PSG led by director Nasser Al Khelaifi, found the resources to keep the player in Paris.
He will now be a key part of the PSG squad as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe look to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy to Prac De Princes.