Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has revealed that the Ligue 1 giants blocked a potential Chelsea move during the summer transfer window.
The 27-year-old joined the Parisiens back in 2013 from Serie A giants AS Roma for around €31 million and quickly became an integral part of the club’s first eleven. The Brazilian has made 333 appearances in all competitions for the French club, scoring 31 goals and lifting six league titles during this period.
Speaking with Le Parisien, Marquinhos stated that PSG didn’t allow any talks with Chelsea for a potential transfer over the summer. The defender further said that playing for a club of this stature is an honour for him. The former Roma man is fully committed to the French club. He said:
“No! It wasn’t even an offer. In fact, the club blocked talks straight away. It shows the faith they have in me. It is an honour for a club like PSG to put such faith in me. The fact that others are interested in me means I am doing well. It gives me the motivation to go on, boost my training sessions and play even better. Paris and PSG are the only things on my mind.”
Marquinhos had a chance to join Chelsea in the summer:
Marquinhos has been a consistent performer for his club and country. So signing the defender would have been a great acquisition for Chelsea during the summer transfer window.
Thomas Tuchel was looking to sign a centre-back following the departure of Kurt Zouma and Sevilla man Jules Kounde heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. However, disputes about the player’s valuation between the two clubs have stopped a deal from happening.
Meanwhile, the German boss has deployed Trevor Chalobah from the youth set-up who has done excellently so far this season. Therefore, the Blues are currently well resourced in that position. So, bringing in another high-profile defender might not be necessary for Chelsea at the moment.
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