Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi is “very disappointed” by the Ligue 1 champions’ refusal to let him leave the club this summer according to the France international’s agent, Mino Raiola.
The powerful representative, who oversaw the summer transfers of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli — to name just a few of a his most recognisable clients — said that Matuidi, 29, was “taken off the market” by PSG.
Raiola added that the French giants’ decision to not sell one of their longest-serving players was a “surprise” but hinted that the move could be resurrected in the future.
“[Matuidi] is very disappointed to have been taken off of the market by PSG,” Raiola told Premium Sport. “Now we will talk with the club and see. We are all surprised by their withdrawal from negotiations.”
Juventus pursued Matuidi as a replacement for international teammate Pogba, who returned to Manchester United after a successful four-year spell in Turin for a world record €105 million fee.
The former AS Saint-Etienne and ESTAC Troyes man had been expected to leave Parc des Princes this summer after being linked with a number of English Premier League clubs before Juventus joined the chase.
However, new PSG coach Unai Emery repeatedly stated his desire to see the man from Toulouse stay in Paris, while club chairman and CEO, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, echoed the Basque tactician’s sentiments.
Once Juventus’ move for the Frenchman collapsed, they turned their attentions to Zenit Saint Petersburg’s Belgium international midfielder Axel Witsel instead.
The Italian champions’ move for the 27-year-old fell through late on Transfer Deadline Day and he will now have to wait until his contract expires next summer before moving to Juventus Stadium to join the Bianconeri.
France coach Didier Deschamps admitted Matuidi “can’t be enjoying this situation” when questioned about the player’s happiness under Emery ahead of Les Bleus’ 3-1 away win over Italy in Bari on Thursday.
Matuidi must now try to impress the Spaniard sufficiently to win his starting role back ahead of the likes of Thiago Motta, Marco Verratti, Adrien Rabiot, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Christopher Nkunku and Lorenzo Callegari, as well as Javier Pastore who can move into central midfield when asked.