Marco Verratti has left Paris Saint-Germain after an 11-year spell. The Italian midfielder has joined Al-Arabi in Qatar.
Marco Verratti has been a fixture in PSG’s midfield for more than a decade. After joining Les Parisiens from Pescara in 2012, the ‘Little Owl’ went on to make 416 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals and contributing 61 assists. However, after playing a key role in PSG’s title-winning season last season, he was frozen out this summer. Luis Campos and Luis Enrique advised him that he was no longer needed.
The most fervent interest has come from Qatar, where the transfer window is still open until September 18th. Marco Verratti reportedly joins Al-Arabi in a €45 million agreement. PSG congratulated Verratti leaving his contribution to the club in an official press release, wishing him the best in his Qatari adventure.
Verratti, who has not appeared in any of PSG’s games this season, also addressed the crowd. “It was an honor to wear the PSG jersey for over a decade, to play alongside great players, and to win 30 trophies.” Paris, the club, and its supporters will always be precious to me. “I will always be a Parisian,” he declared.