Emery hoping to keep hold of Matuidi

Paris Saint-Germain head coach Unai Emery wants midfielder Blaise Matuidi to remain at the club amid reports the player is negotiating a move to the Premier League.

Emery himself sparked rumours of a potential exit for Matuidi after he signed Grzegorz Krychowiak from his former club leading to suggestions PSG have too many midfielders.

However, Emery insists there is room in the squad for the France international.

"Matuidi is a fantastic footballer and he belongs to PSG," the PSG coach said. "He joins up later because he played the last game, the final of Euro 2016, with the French national team. We're waiting for him. I'm waiting for him to come back."

Reports emerged during the recently concluded Euros that Matuidi left France during the tournament in order to talk to an unnamed club in England and, while he admits the situation could change in future, he hopes to keep hold of the 29-year-old for now.

"He is a great footballer and logically I don't want to dispense with great footballers," Emery added.

"A situation that is spoken about is that there are a lot of midfielders and that there could be a situation in a given moment that the player could leave, but of course, I as coach am behind him and as the coach, I'm waiting for his return to the team. The circumstances could change that, but in principle, it's not what I want."

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