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Unai Emery adamant that PSG want Blaise Matuidi to stay

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery wants midfielder Blaise Matuidi to stay at the club amid reports linking the France international with a €30 million move to Juventus.

The 29-year-old has been touted as a potential candidate to fill the void in the Italian champions' midfield left by Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United, but Emery says that won't be happening if he has his way.

"I want the best players with me, with the squad and with PSG. Matuidi is one of them," Emery said at a news conference on the eve of PSG's Ligue 1 season-opening clash at Bastia.

"He's a good player, he's part of the identity of the club. He's one of the leaders and capable of being captain. My opinion is clear, I want him to stay."

However, Emery did admit that Matuidi's future is not solely up to him, and that PSG and the player must want to continue together past this summer as well.

"The decision [over Matuidi's future] comes down to three elements: the club, the player and the team," Emery said at the Ooredoo Training Centre facility. "Me, I want him to stay. He's very important."

Emery and PSG president and CEO Nasser Al Khelaifi both appear to be on the same page when it comes to Matuidi's future.

Speaking at the unveiling of new signing Jese Rodriguez earlier this week, the Qatari dismissed reports linking Les Parisiens' No. 14 with an exit and lauded him as "the heart of the club."

"He is important to the club, to the supporters," Al Khelaifi said at Parc des Princes on Monday. "He is also a France international. We have a good relationship. He is the heart of the club, a pillar. We are not discussing Blaise's departure."

Matuidi has only been back in training since the start of August and did not play in PSG's 4-1 Trophee des Champions victory over Lyon at Worthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt, Austria, last weekend -- the only fixture he has been available for since returning from European Championship duty with runners-up France.

The former St Etienne and Troyes man is expected to be included in Emery's travelling party to face Bastia in Corsica on Friday.