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Oct, 31, 2013

Thiago Motta dismisses Serie A links

Thiago Motta has rejected suggestions he is poised to quit Paris Saint-Germain and return to Serie A.

Thiago Motta has been linked with a return to Italy.
Thiago Motta has been linked with a return to Italy.

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The Brazil-born Italian international, 31, left Inter Milan against the wishes of then-coach Claudio Ranieri to sign a three-and-a-half year deal in the French capital in January 2012, going on to play a central role in PSG's title triumph last season.

Motta has featured in all but two of the French champions' 11 league games to date, and told media at the club's training centre outside Paris he plans on remaining at the Parc des Princes, despite being linked to Juventus.

"When I left Inter Milan it was my choice and my will. At the time, I spoke to Ranieri and he didn't agree. But it was what I wanted to do. Today, I'm good here. Rumours don't interest me. I've heard them. I've been told about it, but I'm not interested because I feel good at PSG and I'm concentrating on my work," the former Barcelona midfielder said, echoing comments made by his agent recently

"Laurent Blanc gives me the same responsibilities as the others. Our team is made up of great players. Each wants to give his all to meet the expectations of the coach. Everyone does his work."

Motta's understanding with fellow Italy international Marco Verratti and France's Blaise Matuidi in PSG's three-man midfield has been one of the key components in the unbeaten start to the season PSG have made under Laurent Blanc.

With three wins from three to start the Champions League group stage, Blanc's men have also impressed in Europe, particularly with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in imperious form. Motta feels the PSG squad, packed with quality of the ilk of their Swedish striker, Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva,  can now challenge Europe's finest.

"What brings us closer to the teams which have won the Champions League is the fact we have some great players. We have some in our squad. But everyone has to think about the team. If we continue doing that, we can certainly get some good results and why not reach the final? We're not alone. I'm thinking of Bayern, Real and Barca. There are also others. But we're there too.

"There's not a big difference in technical, physical or collective terms. We've shown that we're capable of doing it. But sometimes we can also make mistakes. We have to manage to keep our concentration for 90 minutes. That's the decisive step we have to take if we want to win the Champions League."

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