Marquinhos: I deserve what has happened to me
Marquinhos is not one to waste his time. The former Corinthians player landed in Italy at the age of 18, before being transferred to Paris Saint-Germain in his first season in Europe. Now, in a few days he will have his first team selection for Brazil, a few months before the World Cup.
After your debut professional, you only played six games for Corinthians before being sold to AS Roma in 2012. Do not you wish you had not stayed longer in Brazil?
Whenever Corinthians are discussed, it is something that affects me because I spent ten years of my life there. I respect and have a special relationship with the club. At the time, we made a decision because an excellent opportunity had arisen. Roma offered us a wonderful project . I finally moved to Italy after much discussion.
A few months later, Corinthians won the Copa Libertadores and World Club Cup. Was it not too early to go?
It is clear that when we see our friends become champions , we regret that we cannot take part in the festival . But every decision is a choice we must assume, we take responsibility for lost times. I do not regret having left the club but in my heart I know I would be so happy if I had stayed.
You shone in the Copa São Paulo U20, winning the final against Fluminense. Other brilliant players failed to follow in your footsteps . How do you explain that?
Football is full of surprises. We live a little day to day, we dream a lot. But football continues to surprise you, positively or negatively. I wish some follow a successful career but football is not a gift.
What makes the difference in your case? The mind ?
It is difficult to talk about because I do not like to value myself. I keep my feet on the ground. I can just say that I worked hard, many struggle to get there. I'm always mentally prepared when an opportunity appears.
You landed in Rome at the age of 18 without experience at that level and in a few weeks you earned your stripes. How is this possible?
Initially, I struggled because it was the first time I left my country. But everything was well organized as planned and the project of Roma corresponded to young players. The coach was not afraid to launch young people like me. I worked very hard. Nothing fell from the sky. I took the subway early to arrive on time for training. I struggled a lot but always with the pleasure of living these important moments of my life. I think I deserve what happened to me.
Rudi Garcia, who was just appointed as manager at Roma, knew you in Italy before your arrival. Are you impressed by his performance in the Calcio ?
I knew him a little; he coached me for two weeks just before my departure to PSG. On his first day at the head of the team, he impressed everyone. It feels great, nine wins in nine games. I think it works great and has very well prepared for coming to Italy. He treats players and club staff in the same way. It impressed me.
Did you plan to arrive so quickly at Paris Saint- Germain?
Actually, I did not expect it. I still had five years on my contract. It was unthinkable for me to be transferred again from the first season in Europe. But I realized a great season and PSG strongly emphasized that. It is an honor for me to wear the jersey of the club.
Since your arrival, there has been much praise for your qualities, especially in the offensive side of the game. What are you working on more training?
I try to work a little bit of everything to grow globally. I try every day to become a more complete player.
How does Zlatan Ibrahimovic behave with you specifically?
This is someone nice, every time he talks to me is to help me. He congratulated me after my good performance. During my first game, he calmed me by saying that I just had to play football in the best ways. I admire Ibra; he is a great champion.
What is the role is Laurent Blanc having on your progress?
Already he has played in the same position as me. This is an advantage for us defenders. He is a very intelligent coach who has done a very good job in Paris. It is good for the team and I'm glad he gave me my chance.
The media has criticised you after your two errors against Saint- Etienne. What do you say?
I did not play well against Saint-Etienne. I showed some positive things and I made two big mistakes on both goals. I was sad after the game. My family helped me a lot but I think it fell at the right time. I can not accept my mistakes, I have to correct myself to improve.
The imminent return of Thiago Silva may mean you find yourself out of the starting XI. Does that bother you?
No, it does not bother me at all. This is football. I'm here to make the most of opportunities. This is my first season in France and I'm here to learn and earn my place gradually.
You have been called up for Brazil by Scolari for the next two games against Honduras and Chile. What was your reaction?
I was dozing off when my press secretary sent me a SMS in Brazil to tell me the news. I went to check on the internet and I started jumping around and screaming with joy with my family. This is perfect timing for me a few months tothe World Cup. It is an honor for me to integrate the family "Seleção."
Has Scolari called you?
No, nothing yet .
Do you think you can play in the World Cup, at home in Brazil?
It is difficult to be selected, there is a lot of competition . I try to take this opportunity very quiet but I also dream to play in the World Cup, I will work hard with great humility to make the most of this great opportunity.