Italian veteran midfielder Marco Verratti (31)안전놀이터, who was Lee Kang-in’s teammate, left Paris Saint-Germain (France) and transferred to Qatar Al-Arabi in the Middle East.
Al-Arabi Club officially announced on the 14th (Korean time) that it had recruited Verratti. His contract lasts three years until 2026.
There was no official announcement from the club, but according to the BBC, Al-Arabi paid 45 million euros (about 64.3 billion won) to PSG for Verratti’s transfer fee.
Verratti, who joined PSG in 2012, has been at his best over the past 11 years, leading PSG to several wins. Although he is not tall at 165cm, he is a midfielder who stands out for his activeness in the midfield.
Since joining the team, he has won the league nine times, starting with winning Ligue 1 in the 2012-13 season, and has won 30 trophies, including winning the Coupe de France six times.
Verratti, who is also part of the Italian national team, played an active part as a top midfielder, contributing to the team’s victory at Euro 2020.
However, ahead of the 2023-24 season, after coach Luis Enrique took over, he was excluded from the team and ended up heading to Qatar. He received love calls from Saudi clubs and several other teams, but the transfer did not materialize due to the high transfer fee, and he ended up wearing the Qatari Al-Arabi uniform.
“I am very proud to have worn the PSG shirt for over 10 years and won 30 trophies with many great players,” Verratti said through the PSG club. “The Paris club and its fans will always be in my heart. I will forever be a part of the team.” “I’m a Parisian,” he said of his transfer.
Meanwhile, Al-Arabi is a team that ranked second in the Qatar Pro League in the 2022-23 season. It is based in Doha, Qatar, and players such as Abdou Dialu play. This season, they have 3 draws in 3 games.