Paris - Highly-rated Italian international midfielder Marco Verratti discouraged potential suitors on Monday by signing a one-year extension to his present contract which ties him to French champions Paris Saint Germain until 2019.
The 21-year-old, who has been capped nine times and was a member of the Italy squad at the World Cup finals, said he had never thought PSG would feature on his CV, but since enjoying success with them since he joined from Pescara in 2012, he was keen to extend the adventure.
"When I thought about my career PSG did not figure at all," he said.
"I want to carry on winning trophies with the club as well as making progress alongside the great players there."
PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said he was delighted to have secured Verratti's long-term future as he feared teams were lining up to take him away.
"All of Europe covets Marco Verratti, and every year he gives he declares to us his desire to stay with us," said the Qatari.
"Marco is one of the ablest players at the club and our extending his contract demonstrates the club's ambition to become one of the biggest teams in Europe."