Blaise Matuidi has been backed by his manager to stay in Paris for the upcoming season.
Unai Emery, Paris Saint-Germain’s manager, said in an interview that he is looking forward to working with the “fantastic” Matuidi.
Earlier reports claimed that Unai was not a fan of the Frenchman – who reportedly travelled to England in order to strike a deal with an unnamed club.
Manchester United are believed to be the ones interested in Matuidi, but the Red Devils will only look towards signing the midfielder if their pursuit for Paul Pogba fails. United have been trying to secure Pogba’s signature for the past month, even lodging a record-breaking bid of €120 million.
Reports from Italy claim that Manchester United’s bid has been rejected by Juventus, with the Old Lady club asking for more money. It is also believed that Juve will be able to afford the massive £79 million required for Gonzalo Higuain’s switch without the sale of Paul Pogba.
With United losing the race for their former midfielder, they will be looking at some “alternatives,” as Jose described during a press conference in China.
The “alternatives” are believed to be Blaise Matuidi and Nemanja Matic. But, PSG’s manager has backed the 29-year-old to stay in Paris for the upcoming season.
“Matuidi is a fantastic footballer and he belongs to PSG,” Unai explained to the reporters.
“He joins up later because he played the last game, the final of Euro 2016, with the French national team. We’re waiting for him. I’m waiting for him to come back.
“He is a great footballer and logically I don’t want to dispense with great footballers.
“A situation that is spoken about is that there are a lot of midfielders and that there could be a situation in a given moment that the player could leave, but of course, I as coach am behind him and as the coach I’m waiting for his return to the team.
“The circumstances could change that, but in principle, it’s not what I want.”