Defender Marcos Ceara has apologised for his public outburst after Paris Saint-Germain beat Dijon FCO in the Coupe de France and booked their place in the quarter-final.
The Brazilian had questioned Coach Carlo Ancelotti for not selecting him since he took over after featuring predominately under predecessor Antoine Kombouare. He also – remarkably – questioned the motives of the club for sacking Kombouare, calling it an ‘injustice’. Although the majority would agree due to the magnificent job he did during his tenure, the sheer brass of a current PSG player to undermine the club’s hierarchy took some doing.
Now it seems the 31-year-old wholeheartedly regrets those remarks by setting the record straight to France Football. He said; “I spoke with the Coach and Leonardo. I apologised, I’m sorry. I should have talked to them before talking to the press. It’s normal to be frustrated, but it was a mistake.”
What Ceara originally said to France Football.
“The role of the older players is diminishing. We were here in the difficult times but now everything has changed. It is disappointing, but football has become a business. I will fight until the end to win a position but I know that my efforts in training will mean nothing. I won’t play. I would like Ancelotti to tell me what I have to do to have an opportunity in the side. But that won’t change anything. This is all a strategy to make me mad and want to leave. During the winter transfer market there was a rumour of a swap deal between PSG and Porto Alegre. Damiao would have come here and I would have gone there. But you can’t make me leave without my consent. I am under contract. I am expecting things to get worse but I will always fight for the shirt. To me it is like a second skin. PSG is the club where I have played for most of my career.I am also really sorry for coach Kombouare. That is also an injustice. He was a great professional. Of course he doesn’t have the experience of Ancelotti, but he needed time.”