Marquinhos
Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos (R) rules out summer switch to Manchester UnitedGetty

Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos has put paid to Manchester United's chances of signing him after revealing that he wants to remain in Paris for a 'long time'.

The Red Devils were heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian defender and he himself revealed that there was an approach from the Old Trafford club. But he brushed it off by stating that it was 'validating' as a footballer to be linked with the 20-times English champions.

The defender also committed his future to the club by penning a new one-year contract extension putting an end to all the speculation regarding his impending departure in the summer due to the lack of playing time in his preferred centre-back position.

Moreover, the defender has now revealed that though he prefers to play at the heart of the defence, he is willing to make the sacrifice and play at either right-back or as a defensive midfielder if needed.

Marquinhos, who moved to PSG from Roma in 2013, has made 17 starts for the Ligue 1 champions this season and has made it clear that he is looking to remain in Paris for the foreseeable future.

"The project is magnificent, and I'm really very happy to be part of it," Marquinhos said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.

"The club is very ambitious. I hope to stay in Paris a long time to experience a lot of great things."

"Competition for places exists in every club in the world. I prefer to play in the middle, as a centre-back. But I am available if I'm needed, on the right or in midfield," the Brazilian international explained.

"The season is very long with a lot of matches and the coach needs everyone. Since I arrived in Paris, I have had the ambition of improving in every game and training session," Marquinhos added.