Tuesday, 12 June 2012

So long Ceara

Ceara: On his way somewhere
All the talk yesterday was of a Brazilian defender arriving at Paris Saint-Germain, but the club also said goodbye to a less high-profile samba star.

Talks are supposedly at an advanced stage with AC Milan defender Thiago Silva, who could join PSG in the next few days for a fee of €40-50million. Were the 27-year-old to arrive it would represent by far the most impressive signing of the QSI era to date, but we'll discuss that more if and when it happens.

On his way out was full-back Marcos Ceara, who has left the Parc-des-Princes after five years. The 32-year-old had a year to run on his contract, but decided to leave after talks with Leonardo.

"It is painful and difficult to leave," said Ceara. "In discussions with Leonardo, I realized that I did not have much playing time at Paris next season.

"The separation is really painful for me and for my family. It hasn't sunk in yet that I'll never play in the [PSG] shirt again. Next week, when I get back from vacation and I say goodbye, I might shed a few tears."

Aww, breaking up is truly is hard to do.

Ceara joined PSG in 2007 from Internacional, and has been a regular in the side ever since, turning out 196 times for Les Rouges-et-Bleu. Last season he made 36 appearances in the first team, but most of these came in the first half of the season, and since Ancelotti took over he hasn't had much of a look-in.

He could be the first of several players to go, as the future looks bleak for a few members of the "old guard". Silva's arrival would surely signal the end for Zoumana Camara, while Sylvain Armand is expected to leave when his contact expires later this month.

At the other end of the pitch the likes of Clement Chantome and Kevin Gameiro have been linked with moves away and, worryingly, Nene's future seems far from certain. The Brazilian has 12 months remaining on his deal, and the club have yet to offer him a new one.

"To get married, it takes two," noted the star's agent Christophe Mongai, who is obviously a clever chap.

"The player wants to extend. But this desire is not shared at all (...) It's not a pay dispute. It's just that the PSG is not receptive to the idea of extending [the contact]. If this is how it is we will begin to consider alternatives."

Lille and Malaga are reportedly interested, and ready to offer Nene a nice shiny diamond ring. Let's hope PSG get down on bended knee and pop the question soon.


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