He has now revealed he is glad to have stayed in Paris, however, and says that Neymar was similar in his thinking and that it wasn't about money, with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea having been linked with moves.
Luiz Gustavo had scored the opener for the hosts in the 17th minute of the encounter with a long range shot to beat Alphonse Areola in goal for PSG.
After Florian Thauvin fired Marseille ahead late on, Neymar was booked and then red-carded in the space of two minutes after appearing to headbutt Marseille's Argentine striker Lucas Ocampos.
PSG's world-record signing had - as expected - been given some tough treatment at the Stade Velodrome, both on the pitch and from the stands, and needed police to shield him from projectiles when he took corners.
"When new sporting director Antero Henrique arrived, the first thing I did was shorten my holidays to speak to him".
The side who finished third last season are currently 14th and go to Paris Saint-Germain next Friday.
The failure to secure Verratti's services is a familiar tale for Barcelona from a summer transfer window which was littered with shortcomings.
Visibly frustrated with what he perceived as an overly rough tackle from his opponent, Neymar squared up to Ocampos - only for the former Monaco man to hit the deck theatrically in response. But Emery refused to request. I could have had lunch, ' he said. And then Mbappé knows, the balance of power tilting strongly in favour for the Parisian, the latter have the duty of returning to the Velodrome with a result. They thought of them and not me. He did not sign here for the money but for the project.
Neymar was a threat every time he was on the ball. The Brazilian reacted by pushing his head towards the Marseille defender, who fell dramatically to the floor. It's the same as going to a restaurant and hitting the chef with a knife and fork'.
Lyon climbed to fourth earlier on Sunday with a 5-0 away win at promoted Troyes as Dutch striker Memphis Depay scored a second-half hat-trick.