A key Paris Saint-Germain star has reacted to his transfer links with Chelsea for the first time.
The French giants have created one of the most valuable sides in football history. During the summer, legends such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos moved to the Parc des Princes.
Gini Wijnaldum, Gigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Nuno Mendes also joined. PSG’s hugely successful transfer wind0w has put immense pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino.
His team is expected to win back the Ligue 1 title from Lille and compete for the Champions League crown.
They have started the campaign well, apart from a couple of minor blips. After 11 matches they sit top of the table on 28 points. Their only domestic defeat so far came against Rennes on October 3.
PSG are also top of their Champions League group. They have beaten Man City and RB Leipzig and drawn against Club Brugge.
One player who will be integral once again this season is Marquinhos. The Brazilian is club captain and is partly responsible for turning the great side into a legendary one.
He was linked with Chelsea in the summer as Thomas Tuchel searched for defensive reinforcements. The Blues were unsuccessful, and Marquinhos has now revealed why.
During an interview with French outlet Le Parisien, the centre-back was asked if his links with Chelsea were serious. He said: “No! It wasn’t even an offer. In fact, the club blocked talks straight away. It shows the faith they have in me.
“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 also hoped to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla. They lodged a significant bid which failed to meet his €80m release clause.
Although Sevilla are holding firm, the Blues could return for Kounde next summer.
‘Be myself’ – Chelsea star on recent revival
Meanwhile, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has spoken about his recent improvement. The Englishman got on the scoresheet as Chelsea thrashed Norwich 7-0 on Saturday.
Mason Mount bagged a hat-trick, while Reece James and Ben Chilwell also scored. Max Aarons was unlucky to register an own goal.
After the dominant win, Hudson-Odoi was asked about his performance and the advice he received from Tuchel.
“It was just to keep putting in the intensity, and keep working hard and going forward and being direct – be myself,” the attacker told the Evening Standard.
“And try to create as many opportunities as possible, try to score. Be decisive in the box.
“It was good the sort of instructions that he gave to me, playing in that position – to be free, to do what you do, and try to make things happen. It was very influential for me, it was good.
“You have got to prove it to yourself as well, keep on doing your stuff.”