Marcos Assunção: I deeply respect Palmeiras, but now my life is Santos
Marcos Assunção says he still has a deep respect for his former club Palmeiras, but is now concentrating on doing his best for Santos.
Assunção, 36, left the relegated São Paulo giants in December after failing to agree terms on a new deal, but the midfielder is delighted to be back at Santos for his third spell at the club.
“In recent years, I lived for Palmeiras,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
“I worked and I gave a lot, always doing my best to keep people happy. When you live for almost three years with people, you take care, you spend more time with them than with your family.
“I never hid that I was a supporter of Santos, but that affection (for Palmeiras) will not disappear, because I like the people, the club and the fans.
“But let bygones be bygones. Last year, it did not work, unfortunately, but I have already spoken about it. I deeply respect (Palmeiras), but now my life is Santos.
The former Real Betis star admitted that he will keep his eye on how Palmeiras are doing but one he is on the pitch he will concentrate on his job for Santos.
“I saw the Santos game (against São Bernardp) on Saturday, and on Sunday, I watched the Palmeiras game with my son.
“The important thing is that when I put the shirt on to play, I forget the rest. I'm very good at it, I know how to separate things.
“In the field, with the crowd screaming, I forget everything. It is a new phase in my life, and I want to defend Santos.
“This (facing my former club) already happened in Spain, Dubai ... It's my job. It's Santos that today is the joy of my family, then that is Santos I have to respect.”
Source: Globo Esporte