Rafa Marquez stopped by ESPN Deportes “Jorge Ramos Y Su Banda” radio show this afternoon to address the many rumors that have been circling about on his future, including a possible move to either Brazil’s Flamengo or Mexico’s Club America.
Here is a translated transcript of the interview:
I am surprised because I am hearing about it (the move to America for the first time) from you. Like you stated, I am on vacation, relaxing, and disconnecting myself from everything that is football, the news and all that, though I didn’t miss El Clasico (Barcelona v. Real Madrid) which was the only thing. But (the America rumors are) new news.
I think my agent regarding Flamengo, he has been speaking with them and I don’t know anything about it. He knows my expectations, he knows my ideas and my decisions and whether I can take them or not, so I can’t tell you anything because it is he who is talking to all these people. As far as America, up until today I am finding that out from you, as I am completely disconnected from all this (news).
On Whether He Has Spoken To Ronaldinho About Playing In Brazil
I don’t think there is a need to speak about the footballing conditions. I think it’s very clear – it’s a great club, it’s a good league, it’s (going to be the home of the) World Cup in the coming years. I think Brazil is growing in every way and, well, for me, if this is an offer that is worth looking at, like any other, whether in Mexico or elsewhere, then I would definitely think about it.
On Red Bull Allowing A Transfer
Look, I dont know (whether or not Red Bull would allow a transfer or loan). I think they … what we spoke about at the end of the season was more about the organization with the team and that continues to be my idea unless, like I said, there is an offer that I would really need to think about and (I would) take a decision. But I am together with Red Bull as well.
On The Ream Incident
No, nothing happened. Like I said, I think that from the moment I arrived, they recognized very well how I was, how I work, my dedication, on how demanding I can be and they know that I can’t be on a team that really doesn’t have those expectations. So together, as I told you, we are trying to work to do something important in the team and in the league. They understand this very well and are in complete agreement with me in my thoughts as well as on the expectations this team should have.
On Speaking To Ronaldinho
No, I haven’t had the opportunity to speak to him. But I’m sure if I do, he would try to convince me to go over there.
On A Club America Move
I think America is a great team, they are an institution in Mexican football. It’s a league that is more competitive than the one I am in. Depending on their offer, depending on all those options, yes, I would think about it. I am open to any offer that is worth it.”