De Laurentiis recalled to Telefoot: "The coach (Walter Mazzarri) always told me he did not need a playmaker.
"I who came from cinema, I told him 'but how do you not need a playmaker? The playmaker in life is fundamental'. He said to me 'President, if you buy him, I will not play him'.
"I did not fight and Verratti then left for PSG. He was right."