Barcelona coach didn’t think PSG star was good enough for Roma

Current Barcelona coach Luis Enrique didn’t believe that Marco Verratti was good enough for AS Roma during his time in charge of the Giallorossi.

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According to Bojan Krkic, the father of the current Stoke City forward of the same name, the Paris Saint-Germain and Italy midfielder was rejected by Luis Enrique who didn’t believe the player would be good enough for Roma.

“Luis Enrique rejected the signing of Marco Verratti,” the scout began, as reported by Le 10 Sport, “because he believed that he wasn’t of the required level to play for AS Roma.

“The club continued to follow him, but Luis Enrique never wanted him. He believed that he wasn’t of the right level for his team.”
Verratti learned his trade at Pescara, his home-town club, for whom he played for 12 years.

He was signed by Paris Saint-Germain in 2012 after agreeing a five-year deal with the French giants. He also made his Italy debut that same year and is considered in many quarters as the heir apparent to Azzurri legend Andrea Pirlo.

Verratti has won two Ligue 1 titles at Paris and has also picked up numerous other domestic honours at the club. He will be hoping to win his third French title this season and is in line to feature for Laurent Blanc’s side during their Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Barcelona on Tuesday evening, having been suspended for the first leg.

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