Mercato | Mercato – PSG: The incredible revelations of Marquinhos on his chaotic arrival in Paris!

Posted on December 1, 2021 at 10:15 am by BC

A true PSG executive, Marquinhos has established himself over the years as a legend of the capital club. However, the story could have been different due to the Brazilian’s health concerns upon his arrival.

When he arrived in 2013 at the age of 19, it was hard to imagine such a run at PSG for Marquinhos. Recruited for 35M € by Leonardo , the former AS Roma player has established himself as the boss of the Parisian team, naturally leading him to take the captain's armband following the departure of Thiago Silva in the summer of 2020. However, the course of Marquinhos at PSG could have never started due to his health problems when he arrived from Roma . In physical poor shape, the signing of the Brazilian would have been advised against by some doctors of PSG , although Leonardo and the rest of the management have nevertheless decided to bet on him. In the “Hors Terrain” podcast available on Amazon Music, Marquinhos reflects on this great moment of doubt.

“It was strange for the club to see a player arrive in this state “

” It was very difficult. I was preparing with Roma and I fell ill. I stop the preparation and there were the negotiations that were underway. Just back from 40 days of vacation, I was young and didn't think about getting ready before coming back, I just thought about enjoying. I arrive in Italy and there was a backlash. I think the immunity must have waned with the efforts, I had a fever. For a week, I couldn't get out of bed, I couldn't eat, I lost 8 kilograms. I was very thin, sick, I couldn't even speak. It was a little better when I arrived in Paris to sign my contract, I managed to get out of bed, it was a bit of the start of recovery. When I arrived, we focused on recovery to gain weight and muscle. For me, that was the first sign of confidence from PSG, because it was strange for the club to see a player arrive in this state. They gave me confidence so that I could take my time, prepare myself to show my performance. It was truly a moment of doubt. Everything was fine, everything took off, I was at Roma, I played, I had proposals, I have to sign for PSG and there… I arrive in Paris and the club are in doubt following the medical examination. It speaks in negotiations and you don't know if it's going to go well. But my agent reassured me, and Leonardo did the same. He left me alone so that I could come back stronger, “says Marquinhos .

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