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Marquinhos reveals World Cup dream

Paris Saint-Germain's new signing Marquinhos has said he hopes his move to the French champions will help earn him a place in Brazil’s World Cup squad.

Marquinhos spent just one seaosn with Roma.
Marquinhos dreams of playing for Brazil in the 2014 World Cup

Marquinhos, 19, became PSG’s third major signing of the summer when he completed a €35 million transfer from Roma last week.

The centre-back has not yet been able to train with his new team-mates but, in an interview with L’Equipe, he said he should be ready to return to action next week.  

"I caught a virus when I returned to Europe," he told the paper. "I had stomach pains and infections in the mouth. I couldn’t eat too much, so I lost a few kilos.

"The medical staff at PSG carried out tests and they said that it was simply a virus that was in its final stages."

Le Parisien first detailed Marquinhos’ health problems earlier this week but he said that, contrary to what they reported, it was "nothing serious - definitely not hepatitis".

The former Corinthians defender was due to undergo a further check-up on Friday before resuming training on Monday.

Spanish champions Barcelona had also been interested in signing Marquinhos, but he said PSG’s ambition had impressed him.

"PSG are a team on the up," he said. "There are nothing but big players there. I made the choice with my family and my agent.

"And PSG are like a mini-Seleçao too – there are a lot of Brazilians. They’re going to help me to adapt."

Marquinhos said he had already met Alex and Lucas Moura and was hoping to form a strong central defensive partnership with Thiago Silva.

He has yet to play for Brazil, but said international recognition was a major motivation for the coming season, explaining: "I’m here to win titles and - if everything goes well - I hope to be able to be called up by the Seleçao. That’s my ultimate dream - to play in the World Cup in my homeland."

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