Matuidi: Transfer away was blocked by PSG
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi wanted to leave the French champions during the recent summer transfer window, but says his “wish wasn’t granted” because the club blocked the move. Matuidi was heavily linked with a move to Italian champions Juventus as a replacement for midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sold to Manchester United. “There was a concrete offer,” Matuidi said on French football show Telefoot. “I did want to leave. The club decided otherwise and I had to accept it.” Matuidi has played more than 200 games for PSG, helping them win four league titles and two consecutive domestic trebles. He has been one of the club’s key players in recent seasons. Key players have left PSG this summer, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic joining Manchester United and defender David Luiz re-joining Chelsea.