Marquinhos urges Verratti to stay

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has urged Marco Verratti to stay in the French capital following reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.

Earlier this week, former PSG director of football Patrick Kluivert stated that Verratti is keen to join the Catalans but that PSG were determined to hold on to him.

Marquinhos is not aware whether or not the rumours are true, but is hopeful that the highly-rated Italian midfielder will stay committed to the cause in Paris.

"From a distance I have read a lot, but I don't know where the truth is," Marquinhos told L'Equipe.

"Marco has never told me he wants to leave PSG.

"He is a great player and an important part of PSG's project, so I wish for Marco to stay with us.

"I do not want him to go and, frankly, I don't think he will leave us.

"Many have said that the PSG project has been lost, but I don't agree – it is under control. It is not a straight line to the top, but we know where we want to go and how to get there."