Motta has eyes on the prize
Brazilian midfielder determined to get his hands on silverware
By Patrick Haond & Nadia Carminati. Last Updated: February 6, 2012 3:14pm
Thiago Motta: Has always wanted to turn out for Paris St Germain
Thiago Motta claims to have fulfilled a childhood dream in joining Paris St Germain and is hoping to play his part in the club's quest for silverware.
The Brazilian midfielder completed a switch to the Ligue 1 leaders during the winter transfer window, bringing to an end a three-year stint at Inter Milan.
The 29-year-old, who launched his professional career at Barcelona, has penned a deal that will take him through to 2015.
He is hoping to get his hands on plenty of prizes during that time, with it having been a lifelong ambition of his to help PSG compete for major honours.
"It is never easy to be crowned a champion, but I will do my best to achieve that with PSG," said Motta.
"I am very motivated to achieve great things with this huge club.
"I have dreamt of playing for PSG since I was a child. Having watched players like Rai, Leonardo and Ronaldinho in this shirt, this club is very important to me."
Inter had hoped to keep Motta in Italy until at least the summer, but president Massimo Moratti admits there was little he could do to block a deal once the player had set his heart on a move.
"The deal with Motta had to happen because the player expressed a desire to leave," he told the club's official website.
"Motta was important to our game, but that doesn't mean we should have stopped him from leaving.
"I believe the deal was good for both clubs in the end."