Verratti extended, Galtier salutes an “exceptional” player

    Paris Saint-Germain coach Christophe Galtier reacted at a press conference to the announcement of the extension of Marco Verratti, now linked until June 2026 with the club of the French capital.

    A 399th match against Strasbourg

    This is news that has been expected for a few weeks and that Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Wednesday, just before the start of the match of the 16th day of Ligue 1 against Strasbourg at the Parc des Princes (2-1). The capital club has formalized the extension of Marco Verratti. Until then under contract until June 2024, the Italian midfielder has re-enlisted for two more years, i.e. until June 2026, with the reigning French champion, whom the former member of Pescara joined during the summer 2012 and for which the Transalpin honored yesterday against the Alsatians his 399th appearance in all competitions, the 262nd in Ligue 1, for a total of 11 goals and 61 assists.

    “We might call him Marc”

    Present in front of the journalists after the success of his team against the RCSA, Christophe Galtier paid tribute to the second most capped player in the history of Paris Saint-Germain. The French coach welcomed the decision taken by its leaders to register for the longer term with number 6. “Marco, maybe we’ll call him Marc at some point. He is very marked Parisian and Paris Saint-Germain. I remember that Carlo Ancelotti spoke to me a few years ago about an exceptional player, that he was going to become an exceptional player. Ten years later, it is exceptional. I think it’s a strong sign from him and from the club to want to keep our senior players. I often say that he is surely the best in the world at his post. It is in a very particular register. It is an atypical profile. Usually you have players with stature, like Thiago Motta. Marco is totally different. It is a great satisfaction to still be able to count on him. I think the fans also appreciate this extension.”

    “Marco, we’ll start calling him Marc soon!”
    Christophe Galtier discusses the extension of the now very Parisian Marco Verratti

    — beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) December 29, 2022

    With Paris Saint-Germain, Marco Verratti will have won everything on the national level with in particular eight titles of champion of France. The Transalpine is now aiming for the grail with a first crowning in the Champions League, while a double confrontation is looming against Bayern Munich in the round of 16. Absent from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to the non-qualification of Squadra Azzurra, the 30-year-old player has taken part in 21 matches in all competitions since the start of the 2022-2023 season, for 15 league matches. .

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