Verratti rules out Roma switch

Marco Verratti has claimed that there is no chance of him leaving the club for Roma.

Rumours have recently linked the midfielder with a return to his native Italy, with some reports suggesting an exchange deal involving Giallorossi midfielder Daniele De Rossi was in the pipeline.

However, the former Pescara player strenuously denied the reports and insists that he is relishing the experience of playing in France.

“I have absolutely no intention of leaving Paris,” the 20-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

“At the start I wanted to stay in Pescara, but when an offer like this came in, it just couldn’t be turned down by me or by the club. It’s a dream to have an experience like this at the age of 19.”

“There is no chance of that [the De Rossi swap deal] happening. Daniele is a great player as well as a friend and I doubt Roma will let him go. I repeat, I am happier every day in Paris. It wasn’t easy at the beginning, but the last few wins have shown we’re becoming a real team.”

Fellow summer signings Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi are among those Verratti plays alongside, and the midfielder took the time to praise their respective talents.

“Considering how talented Ibra is, he could just walk around and win games, but instead he works harder than anyone and only shouts at us for our own good,” he said.

“He is a leader and commands the team. It really helps you grow playing alongside him.

“We often talk about Serie A at PSG, as many of the team have been there. Ibra always tells me he was so happy at Milan.

“Both he and Thiago Silva say it is the perfect club. What is my perfect club? Pescara.”

Although he ruled out an imminent return to his native country, he admitted that an eventual homecoming to Serie A is guaranteed.

“Will I return to Italy? Yes, it can certainly happen,” Verratti added. “Right now I am happy in France and take it one day at a time. I’d certainly love to come back to Italy one day.”

Zubizarreta: In January Barcelona will keep Villa

Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has denied that striker David Villa will leave the club during the January transfer window.

Villa, 31, has struggled to regain his place in the Barcelona team after returning from a broken leg that saw him miss six months of last season, and has been linked with a move away from the Catalan giants in recent weeks, with Arsenal supposedly monitoring the Spanish international’s situation.

However, Zubizarreta ruled out a move for Villa and was keen to stress he is still a key member of the Blaugrana squad.

“In January we will keep Villa,” the director of football told Canal Plus.

“And it is important to remember that Barcelona is a club that habitually does not accept offers for star players in January.

“David is a player that brings goals and intensity to the team.

“Now he has recovered from a serious injury I believe that he is offering a good level on the field.”

Villa moved to Barcelona in 2010 for €40 million after five successful years with Valencia.

'Inter do not have faith in Alvarez' – Colasanto

Ricky Alvarez’s days at Inter look numbered after his agent revealed that the Nerazzurri “do not have faith in him.”

Alvarez, 24, who moved to Italy from Velez Sarsfield in August 2011, was booed by the Inter supporters as he left the field 30 minutes into Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Genoa at San Siro suffering yet another injury.

“I certainly did not expect these difficulties, because he arrived in Italy at the right time,” his agent Filippo Colasanto told Il Sussidiario.

“He wasn’t too young or too old and he certainly has quality. Perhaps the club does not have faith in him, but it must also be said Inter are a demanding side.”

The midfielder, who has four caps for Argentina, signed for Inter for €10 million after impressing in Sarsfield’s run to the semi-finals of the 2011 Copa Libertadores.

Inter beat off competition from Arsenal for the player’s signature and Alvarez has been linked with a move to River Plate and Marseille in recent weeks.

Genoa striker Ze Eduardo to sign for Vasco da Gama

On loan Siena striker Ze Eduardo has revealed that he is quitting Italian football to move back to the “warmth of Rio” with Vasco da Gama.

Ze Eduardo, who spent last season at Genoa, has struggled with injury during his time in Italy, blaming the cold weather, and is delighted to be moving back to Brazil.

“I am to all intents and purposes a Vasco da Gama player now,” the former Palmeiras forward told Mediaset.

“There are no problems with the transfer and I can’t wait to get my form back.

“Before coming to Italy I never had injuries, but due to the cold weather I’ve consistently had problems.

“This is why I’m happy to be going back to the warmth of Rio. I want to play because, like so many, I dream of a place in the Selecao for the 2014 World Cup. I am a Vasco player now and I feel happy.”

Vasco are looking to revamp their squad during the Brazilian close season after losing veteran stars Juninho and Felipe in the past week and see Ze Eduardo as an ideal replacement.

The 25-year-old made just nine appearances whilst on loan for Siena, scoring twice.

'No question!' Lukaku prefers season-long West Brom stay to Chelsea return

Romelu Lukaku is adamant that he would rather stay on loan at West Brom all season than return to Chelsea in January.

The 19-year-old striker scored his sixth goal of the season to seal a 2-1 win over Norwich City on Saturday and took to Twitter to declare his intentions.

The Belgian wrote: “I’d like to stay here for the rest of the season and there’s no question about that !!!”

Lukaku moved to Chelsea from Anderlecht in the summer of 2011 for £22 million (€27m) but was unable to make an impact in his first season, joining Steve Clarke’s side on loan as a result.

His temporary manager moved after the forward’s winner to hail his “big talent”, having drawn level with Blues counterpart Fernando Torres on six Premier League goals in 2012-13.