Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi has revealed that he genuinely wanted to leave the French outfit for Italian giants Juventus, but was not allowed to complete the transfer.
Following an impressive campaign with his nation France in the Euro 2016, Blaise Matuidi was a hot property in the transfer market, with numerous top clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus, amongst others, reported to be interested in his services.
But as per the Frenchman’s latest comments, reigning Italian Champions Juventus almost won the race for his signature, but the transfer failed to take place due to Paris Saint-Germain’s refusal to part ways with their star midfield man.
Speaking to media outlet Telefoot, Matuidi revealed: “There was a concrete demand. Yes, I wanted to go at the time, but the club decided otherwise and I had to accept it. It is true that it has been a delicate period for me, because I had a wish and that wish was not granted.”
The France international’s agent Mino Raiola also complained about the situation, by telling Premium Sport: “(Matuidi) is very disappointed to have been taken off of the market by PSG. Now we will talk with the club and see. We are all surprised by their withdrawal from negotiations.”
But despite his move to Turin falling through, the 29-year-old midfielder has revealed that he is happy to remain with the French Champions.
He said: “I am not unhappy at PSG. Far from it, in fact, I am very happy. There is a new coach and I know that he has great confidence in me, we have discussed this considerably. I think that counted for a lot as far as the club’s desire (to keep him) was concerned.”
PSG will now be keen to extend Matuidi’s stay in Paris, especially with his current contract set to expire in 2018.