Marco Verratti has revealed that he would like to stay at newly-promoted Pescara for another season but admitted that if he must move on, his preferred destination remains Juventus.
The 19-year-old playmaker, who has been likened to Andrea Pirlo, is considered one of Italy's most exciting young talents and has been included in Cesare Prandelli's preliminary squad for Euro 2012.
It is widely expected that Verratti will join Juve this summer but he has admitted that the idea of him being loaned back to Pescara right away appeals greatly to him.
"I'd like to stay for another season in Pescara, without those pressures that you have at a big club," the teenager told Sky Sport Italia. "If I must leave immediately, though, the first choice would be Juve."
Verratti admitted that he would also be keen to remain at the Adriatico in order to continue working with Zdenek Zeman.
"He is not only a great coach but also a great man," the diminutive midfielder said of the colourful Czech. "He has taught me a lot."
Verratti, who has been capped twice by Italy's Under-21 side, is a product of Pescara's youth system.