Marquinhos is tipped to be a star in the futureReuters

Paris Saint Germain defender Marquinhos claims that Manchester United and Barcelona had tried to lure him away from the French capital last summer.

The 20-year-old defender, who joined PSG from Roma for a reported transfer fee of €31.4 million, is tipped to be a star in the future following some excellent performances at the Parc des Princes.

As a result, many top European clubs have shown an interest in securing the Brazilian's signature. And Marquinhos claims that Premier League giants Manchester United and Barcelona had tried to sign him last summer.

"Yes, Manchester wanted me. Barca too," the defender told TF1. "They just talked, but PSG didn't give them any hope. That gives me confidence. The president is very happy with my work. The coach, too."

Marquinhos has not been able to play in his preferred centre-back position due to Thiago Silva and David Luiz being PSG boss Laurant Blanc's first choice pairing in the heart of the defence.

However, the Brazilian has proved to be very versatile as he has successfully managed to adapt to the right-back position in recent weeks following injuries to PSG's first choice fullbacks Gregory van der Wiel and Serge Aurier.

It is believed that PSG are keen to offer Marquinhos, whose current deal with PSG expires in the summer of 2018, a new two-year deal as a reward for his excellent performances.

And the Brazilian says that he will readily extend his stay in Paris if he is offered a new contract.

"If that happens, it'll be very good. I'm happy here. I'm really settled. But we have to leave that up to the president and the board to see what they are going to say."

Meanwhile, United winger Ashley Young hopes that his side will be able to build a winning streak in the Premier League following their 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday.

The Red Devils gave a good response against the Black Cats following their defeat to Swansea City, and Young wants his side to build on this victory.

"I think it's vitally important [to start a winning streak]. I think it's the United way - picking up [lots of] points after the turn of the year," Young told MUTV.

United's next Premier League fixture is against Newcastle United at St James' Park. And the 29-year-old winger despite admitting that it will be a "tough game" at Newcastle, feels that the Red Devils will be able to do well as long as they the same way they did against Sunderland.

"We know it's going to be a tough game on Wednesday away to Newcastle – we've always found it tough up there – but as long as we can play in the way we did [against Sunderland] and add to that, then I'm sure we can go on and get three points."

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