PSG midfielder Marco Verratti has admitted he was drawn towards a potential move to Barcelona in the summer, report L’Equipe.
The Italy international was already on the Catalan club’s radar and, after a lacklustre campaign in Ligue 1, considered cutting short his career at Parc des Princes.
“For the first time in five years I wondered if I should stay here,” he said. “People think that I play for PSG for the money, but I could get that elsewhere, too. If I had moved in the summer, there were clubs ready to pay €100m to sign me and I would have earned a lot more.
“Neymar, he could have earned as much with Manchester City or Chelsea. He didn’t sign here for the money but the project. It’s the same with me.”
Marco Verratti’s summer in limbo led to him replacing agent Donato Di Campli with Mino Raiola.
But the 24-year-old insisted that he has put all that behind him and has fully bought into Emery’s operation after some open and frank conversations with the club’s board.
‘It was really complicated,’ he added. ‘I didn’t expect a summer like that. A lot of things happened that I did not like, among them people from my side. They thought of themselves and not me. I never told PSG: “I want to leave.”
‘The only thing I did was explain to them some things I didn’t understand. We went through some complicated times last season. We didn’t live up to ourselves as a team that wants to win everything. We were asked to win everything and there were others a lot stronger than us.’