VERRATTI TELLS FANS TO IGNORE EXIT LINKS AND WHAT HIS AGENT SAID

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Photo: FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Photo: FRANCK FIFE/Getty Images

Marco Verratti has been in the media in recent times with many tabloids suggesting that he’s frustrated with life at PSG under new manager Unai Emery and wants to leave the club.

In his latest exclusive column for Goal, the PSG star expressed his disappointment with recent media reports of a fallout with PSG manager Unai Emery.

Read excerpts from the column below:

Dear fans, dear football lovers.

This week, people have said many things about me that are not true – things that have not happened.

It was said that I was angry with the coach because I did not want to leave the pitch. This is not true. I was frustrated with myself because I wanted to help the team out, and to go off because of a physical problem was unthinkable for me. I’m angry because every time I take a kick I have to go off and it is hard to accept.

With the coach, we saw each other the next day and we couldn’t understand what was happening. We do not understand how we could create such a controversy from that.

When I came out of the game, I put the hand in front of my mouth to say: “Coach, I could have continued, I felt good.”

The coach then replied that he felt I was not going so well. Then I removed my hand and said: “He says I am not good.”

In reality, he was right. Sometimes, even in training, I won’t say if I’ve got some pain so I can continue to play. It’s because I simply want to play, nothing more.

I don’t like it when journalists create controversy where there is none. I respect the opinion of journalists and I often agree with them when they criticise my performances. However, I don’t accept it when they report that I have said something I have not.

It was said that I was angry with the coach because I did not want to leave the pitch. This is not true. I was frustrated with myself because I wanted to help the team out, and to go off because of a physical problem was unthinkable for me. I’m angry because every time I take a kick I have to go off and it is hard to accept.

I don’t like it when journalists create controversy where there is none. I respect the opinion of journalists and I often agree with them when they criticise my performances. However, I don’t accept it when they report that I have said something I have not.

It’s easy to create controversy. It sells papers, it makes watching TV worthwhile, and gets people to listen to the radio. But really, I don’t understand why it has come to that.

Journalists expect that something must happen to create a buzz all week. Us players, we are used to that, but we don’t like it. It’s normal to have discussions between ourselves. We are here to win, we are not here to fritter away the days and then go home. If we were here for that, we would accept anything. But this is not the case.

It’s gone too far this week and even my agent exaggerated a bit to say that I could leave the club.

About the Author

VICTOR N
Chelsea is more than just a football club to me; it's a passion I share, and my affinity with the Chelsea badge is one that will last forever. As far as watching my favourite team is concerned, I'd rather miss a meal than miss a Chelsea game.