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Marquinhos happy at PSG despite Chelsea interest - round-up

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Marquinhos has insisted he is happy at Paris Saint-Germain despite talk of a big money move to the Premier League.

The Brazilian centre-back is preparing to take on Chelsea in the Champions League second round tie, but arrives in England amidst rumours regarding his future. The Blues are rumoured to be preparing a £40 million bid to prize him away from Parc des Princes.

Manchester United are another club believed to be interested with both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal looking to strengthen their defence this summer. However, Marquinhos fended away talk of him moving to the Premier League.

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Happy at PSG

Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, Marquinhos said: "The Premier League is watched around the world. There is even some concern in Brazil about children supporting English teams. We had some talks with some sides in the past, but I’m happy at PSG now."

Marquinhos main task is to keep out the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa as PSG look to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The French club must score at least once to stay in contention after drawing the home leg 1-1.

Transfer mistake

Chelsea manager Mourinho will welcome Nemanja Matic back to the team for that game. The Serbian has sat out Chelsea's last two games with a domestic suspension but is expected to go straight back into the starting XI.

Matic has been heavily praised for his defensive contributions after arriving from Benfica last January. He returned to the club having been sold as part of the deal to bring David Luiz to Stamford Bridge. According to Mourinho, that was a big mistake.

"Chelsea were brave by bringing him back," the 52-year-old was quoted saying by the Daily Mail. "If in this world you want to do the best for your club you don't protect yourself from possible critics. You simply do what you think is the best.

"Probably the next time Chelsea does a deal with a young player they will keep control. At these ages, the evolution of players can be good or bad. You can loan or even sell a player but you have ways of being in control of his future."

Surprise Fabregas decision

Cesc Fabregas was another midfielder brought to Chelsea by Mourinho. The Spaniard was expected to rejoin Arsenal after Barcelona decided to sell him, but Chelsea were the only ones to offer him a chance to return to London. Mourinho admits Fabregas' willingness to join the club came as a surprise to him.

"I never felt that he would work with me because when I was at Chelsea he was with a rival, Arsenal. When I was with Real Madrid he was with a rival, Barcelona," Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League round of 16 second-leg against Paris Saint-Germain.

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