Azzurri coach reveals wish for Verratti

International Football

Italy boss Giampiero Ventura has hinted that staying with Paris Saint-Germain could hinder Marco Verratti's international chances.

The 24-year-old has been with Les Parisiens since 2012 and has played a key role in their run of four straight Ligue 1 titles.

His ability on the ball has seen him regularly linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes, with Juventus believed to be keen, while a reunion with former Italy boss Antonio Conte at Chelsea has also been mooted.

Current Azzurri coach Ventura has suggested he would like to see the playmaker feature for a club in what he perceives to be a more competitive league.

With PSG so dominant, the boss believes the former Pescara man is not being tested regularly, and as a result, could be viewed as being under-prepared when it comes to international selection.

“The problem is that he doesn’t play in Italy, but in France,” Ventura said. “The rhythms are different; the strength of his team is so high that he never gets put in difficulty.

“He must get used to putting 100 per cent into matches.”

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