Leonardo 'thrilled' with Maxwell signing
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo couldn't contain his excitement as he unveiled the capital club's newest player - Brazilian wing-back Maxwell - signed on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Barcelona on Thursday.
After bringing in a host of big names in the summer, Leonardo has landed his first coup of the winter transfer window by nabbing the signature of former Inter and Barcelona left-back Maxwell in a deal that will link the 30-year-old to the capital club until 2015.
Leonardo: 'A lot of talent going forward'
"We're thrilled," beamed the PSG sporting director, after admitting that he had tried and failed to lure his compatriot to sign for AC Milan from Inter back when Leonardo and new PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti worked together for the Rossoneri. "He has played for some huge clubs and he has a lot of talent going forward, but he doesn't slouch on his defensive duties. He has mastered both aspects of his position. We will do everything we can with the authorities to have him playing for us as soon as Saturday [against Toulouse in Ligue 1]."
Maxwell comes to Paris after three seasons with all-conquering Barcelona, during which time he won just about every title on offer with the Catalan giants, and says he is very excited to be a part of the big things under way at the Parc des Princes.
Maxwell: 'Win trophies'
"I was very motivated to sign for Paris because of the great project and the immense promise here at this club," he said at his unveiling. "[Ex-Lyon and current Barcelona defender Eric] Abidal spoke to me about the club and gave me some advice. I'm leaving a lot of friends and some great memories behind in Barcelona, but here I'm hoping to win trophies, keep learning and bring a real plus to the squad. I hope we win some important titles and that the squad continues to grow."
As for how he plans to go about making his impact in French football, Maxwell explained that he plans to find a balance between his natural game and what Ancelotti asks of him.
"The basis of Brazilian football is attack, and that's a big part of my game," admitted PSG's new number 17. "But I will certainly be listening to what the coach has to say. Ancelotti is a benchmark in the coaching world. He's won so many titles and I'm very excited to be working with him."