Monday, 16th July, 2012
Brazilian wing-back Marcos Ceara has expressed his disappointment at having ended a five-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain.
The 32-year-old, who joined PSG from Internacional in 2007, has signed for Cruzeiro, inking a return to his homeland after a prolonged stint in the French top flight.
For Ceara, leaving the Parc des Princes has been an emotional affair, but one which could not be avoided given his desire for more playing time and PSG’s wish to free up another non-EU player spot.
"I am sad to have left Paris. I did not want to leave the club", the defender told French radio station RMC.
"Now I have to adapt to a new life in Brazil."
And Ceara explained that he had even been persuaded to stay at PSG when sporting director Leonardo arrived at the club.
"I extended my time in Paris when Leonardo arrived. I had a proposal to go to Santos in Brazil. He did not want me to leave and he gave me another year.
"And then he reflected on it. He needed another non-EU place, so it was easier for the club if I left."
Ceara has signed a two-year contract with Cruzeiro.
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