Marco Verratti could follow Lionel Messi out of PSG

Lionel Messi, Marco Verratti, PSG
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Italy international Marco Verratti, the long-time PSG midfielder and icon of the club, is reportedly contemplating his future with the organization and might entertain leaving it as soon as next summer.

Despite being one of PSG's most important players, the Italian midfielder is belived to feel "worn out" and "disillusioned with the team's lack of ambition," wrote different media outlets of late.

Verratti has been with PSG for over a decade and has been through his fair share of ups and downs with the club. However, the current season has been particularly disappointing for the Italy native, leading him to question whether it's time for a career change.

According to the French sports daily L'Equipe, Verratti is feeling weary and nostalgic for the days when Zlatan Ibrahimovic led the PSG locker room with an iron fist. The current team's lack of discipline and ambition is said to have contributed to Verratti's "disillusionment," along with the general negative atmosphere surrounding the club.

However, the newspaper also notes that Verratti has had his own share of off-field troubles, and that shouldn't help his case of blaming it all on the club without adding him into that equation.

PSG's sporting director Luis Campos has reportedly been unhappy with some of Verratti's behavior, although no formal sanctions have been handed down. That said, rumors that Verratti returned from Christmas vacation overweight were denied by the team.

Despite these issues, it's unclear whether Verratti will actually leave PSG. The club's management, led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, is unlikely to let go of one of its most valuable players, especially one who has been with the team for so long and is one of the faces of the club. While Verratti has reportedly floated the idea of leaving the team, he has not made any formal requests to the management.

There have been reports that Verratti could be lured away by big-money offers from clubs in Saudi Arabia and the United States, in the latter case coming in particular from Inter Miami. However, the player is said to be uninterested in a move to either destination, rather than staying in Europe such as teammate Lionel Messi.

Ultimately, it remains to be seen what the future holds for Verratti and PSG. The club is likely to make significant changes to its roster in the coming months, which could potentially reinvigorate Verratti and keep him with the team.

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Alternatively, Verratti may decide that it's time for a new challenge and look for opportunities elsewhere. Only time will tell, and there surely will be suitors out there.