PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN star Marquinhos hinted that Chelsea were indeed interested in signing him last summer.
Reports throughout this past transfer window suggested that the Brazil international was among the Blues’ top targets.
Manager Thomas Tuchel was looking to boost his defence but the west Londoners missed out on all of their targets, including priority signing Jules Kounde from Sevilla.
Kurt Zouma was sold to West Ham in anticipation of Kounde’s arrival but the Blues were priced out, leaving Tuchel to turn to academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah.
Several defenders are out of contract next June, such as Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Thiago Silva and club captain Cesar Azpiliceuta.
Marquinhos hinted that Chelsea were indeed keen on signing him but never made an offer because their efforts were immediately blocked by PSG.
The centre-back added that he remains completely focused on Paris and the club where he’s spent the last eight years.
Marquinhos told French newspaper Le Parisien: “No! It wasn’t even an offer.
“In fact, the club blocked talks straight away. It shows the faith they have in me.
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“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.”
Chelsea were reportedly planning on reuniting Marquinhos and Silva at centre-back.
The two Brazilians had a successful partnership for seven years as they played together at PSG as well as their national team.
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