Marquinhos and Paris, the story goes on
The Brazil international, who has extended his contract through to 2024, is pursuing his love affair with the capital club.
Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce Marquinhos has signed a two-year contract extension on Monday, meaning that 'Marqui' - more than six-and-a-half years after his arrival - is now tied to the club until 2024. The centre-back was just as delighted, and spoke to PSG TV after putting pen to paper: "It's official. I'm very happy and very proud to have signed this new contract. It's a responsibility to play here at Paris Saint-Germain and I feel really proud to wear this shirt. It's my seventh season here in Paris, I know the club very well and I also know its ambitions very well. We have experienced some really great things, some things that have made me grow and made the club grow too. It was a good time for me to extend my contract with Paris Saint-Germain."
When he arrived in July 2013, joining Thiago Silva, Alex and Mamadou Sakho as the first-team's centre-backs, the young Brazilian was already hoping to make his mark. "I'm going to do everything I can to extend this tradition between Paris and Brazilians, write my own great chapter in the club's history. I want to win trophies and the hearts of the fans," he said, aged just 19.
Fast forward to 2020, and he has done so much more in his 271 appearances for the club. Billed as a successor to Thiago Silva, he has joined his compatriot to form a formidable central defensive duo for both club and country.
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His move into midfield is a sign of the responsibility he happily takes on the pitch. His passing range, industry and tenacity have made him a cornerstone of Thomas Tuchel's team. Vice-captain behind Thiago Silva and a respected figure in the dressing room, Marquinhos has become synonymous with the Rouge-et-Bleu shirt.
"I liked Marquinhos from the first day I set foot in Paris. When you think about it, he's still a very young player, who has the potential to improve hugely. Marqui is a very good player who has become important for the club and has grown in stature in recent years. He's now even our vice-captain," Angel Di Maria told us last November.
His desire to win on the pitch and his approachability off it has made Marquinhos something of an ambassador for the City of Light, and the tifo unveiled by the fans in his honour during the presentation of the third kit earlier this season goes to show just how the Sao Paulo-born stopper has been taken into the fans' hearts.
"I'm very happy to extend my contract with Paris and to continue my story here," Marquinhos told us. "This club and this city have become very important in my life. I'm more than ever Parisian, I feel at home. I show every waking moment that I'm happy here, and that it's a great privilege to to be able to participate in this club's history. That's why there is no hesitation for me, I just want to continue experiencing his story with Paris."