Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery has revealed La Liga giants Barcelona tried to lure Brazil international Marquinhos to the Camp Nou.
The 22-year-old defender was linked with number of clubs across Europe but eventually stayed at the Parc des Princes.
"Barca asked in the summer, but he is thankful to PSG, who gave him the opportunity to play in a big club," the Spaniard told El Pais.
"He might love to play for Barcelona, but he respects what PSG gave him. That said, he's a complete player."
The former Seville coach added: "He is a top footballer. In addition to his technical qualities, he listens to instructions.
"He is very concentrated, does what you ask of him. He can still improve in terms of leadership."