Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is free to leave the club if he wishes, manager Unai Emery has revealed.
Blaise Matuidi was one of Paris Saint-Germain’s best players in the 2015-16 season, during which he made 31 league appearances, scored 4 goals, and bagged 6 assists whilst maintaining a passing accuracy of 92%.
Thanks to his top drawer performances with the French Champions, the 29-year-old was one of the most obvious call-ups for France’s Euro 2016 squad. The midfielder had a decent Euro campaign as well, as he helped the hosts reach the finals, where they faced defeat at the hands of Portugal.
The Frenchman was one of the most consistent midfielders all over Europe last season, and he therefore saw himself linked with potential transfers to major European clubs ever since the summer transfer window reopened.
However, new PSG boss Unai Emery publicly stated that he was keen to retain Matuidi’s services, in an interview he gave last week.
Emery was quoted as saying: “Matuidi is a fantastic footballer and he belongs to PSG. 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 (from his post-Euro vacations). The circumstances could change that, but in principle, it’s not what I want.”
But the circumstances seem to have changed now.
According to Manchester Evening News, Matuidi has decided that he needs a change in scenario, which he why he wishes to join a club from a different league. The France international has a lot of options as well, with European powerhouses like Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United reportedly interested in his services.
In fact, in Emery’s latest interview with L’Equipe, the information he gave out had a much different tone as compared to his optimistic words from a the previous week.
“He is a very good player,” Emery said. “We have a lot of left-footed defensive midfielders. If he has the opportunity to leave and if he thinks there are too many midfielders here… But I do not want him to go.”
By the looks of it, Blaise has already made up his mind about where his future lies.