PSG unveil young star Verratti
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Italian teenager Marco Verratti has been presented to the media as Paris Saint-Germain's third signing of the close season.

Verratti, 19, joins PSG on a five-year contract from newly-promoted Italian side Pescara.

"The players here are great champions," Verratti told reporters at a press conference at Parc des Princes. "I've seen them on television and now I'm training with them. It gives me a huge desire to do well here.

"It doesn't happen every day that a young player can join a great club like this. I'll do my best to repay PSG's faith in me."

I'll do my best to repay PSG's faith in me.
Marco Verratti

Verratti, compared to Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo by PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti, is an Italy U-21 international and was named in Cesare Prandelli's provisional Italy squad for UEFA EURO 2012.

"We are very happy to announce the transfer of Marco Verratti," said PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

"He's young and we believe he's the future of Italian football. We hope he'll have a big impact at PSG. He's young and talented and we expect a lot from him in the future."

Verratti joins Argentinian forward Ezequiel Lavezzi and Brazil centre-back Thiago Silva in moving to big-spending PSG.