According to the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, Marco Verratti, in 2016 he had the chance to sign for the Blaugrana and “considered” the offer.

Italian midfielder Marco Verratti has played for only two teams in his 11 years in professional football: Pescara and Paris Saint-Germain.

It was in 2008 when he debuted in his native Italy, and in 2012 he signed for the French Ligue 1 champions.

But in 2016 he was offered the chance to leave PSG back and join Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona.

“It’s true that something different was proposed and I think it was only normal for me to consider it for a little while,” Verratti was quoted by Football Italia.

He had grown frustrated with life at Paris Saint-Germain and had a tense rapport with the media, who he claims tried to depict him in a certain way.”

“A football player doesn’t live his life any differently to others,” he added.

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“I can go out like any other person.”

He concluded: “If I have a day off, then I go out, but there was a period when every time I left the house, I was recognized, so that was spun as ‘Marco Verratti goes out every night’.”

“That is not the case.”

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