Blaise Matuidi has been touted to leave the Ligue 1 champions, with Manchester United and Juventus reportedly interested in acquiring his services.
On 25 July, 2011, Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that they had signed Matuidi on a three-year deal, as a replacement for the departed Claude Makelélé, who retired from football at the end of the previous season. The transfer fee was undisclosed, but is purported to be in the region of €7.5 million plus future incentives.
Matuidi made his competitive debut for PSG on 6 August, 2011, in the team’s opening 1–0 league defeat to Lorient.
Since signing for PSG, Matuidi has featured in a total of 237 games, scoring 26 goals.
Last season, Matuidi scored 4 goals and assisted 6, and made 1623 passes, with a pass completion rate of 92%. He contributed defensively too, with 54 tackles won, and 46 interceptions, helping PSG win the Ligue 1 title.
With the appointment of new manager Unai Emery, and the arrival of Kyrchowiak, Matuidi’s position at the club is under doubt. And amidst the doubts, Serie A champions Juventus are reportedly viewing him as a replacement for Paul Pogba, who recently rejoined Manchester United.
However PSG’s chairman, Al-Khelaifi, has claimed that the Frenchman is the ‘the heart of the club,’ and they haven’t discussed about him leaving.
“If players want to leave, we’ll see,” Al-Khelaifi told reporters in France.
“Blaise still has two years on his contract, he’s very important for the club and the fans and he plays for France.
“We have very good relations with him, he’s very professional – he’s the heart of the club. We haven’t talked about a departure with him.”
Does this statement change anything for Matuidi?