Milan Stand Firm As Clubs Chase Defender Thiago Silva

Boss Allegri has told big clubs to forget about signing Silva this summer….

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is confident sought-after defender Thiago Silva will remain at the club next season, despite interest from clubs including both Real Madrid and Barcelona, Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris St. Germain.

But after listening to Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani and club president Silvio Berlusconi, Allegri insists Silva’s suitors will be unsuccessful in their pursuit of the 27-year-old’s services.

“I am convinced that Thiago Silva will stay,” Allegri told Milan’sofficial website.

“He is the strongest defender in Europe and to lose him would be terrible for us. But I am convinced that after the Olympics he will return to Milanello. I think Galliani has been very clear with respect to what the club’s intentions are.

“Milan does not want to see him leave. President Berlusconi wants to see Milan remain at the highest level and he will do everything to keep Thiago at Milan.”

Silva has developed into one of the game’s finest centre-backs since arriving at the San Siro in 2009, with Allegri himself calling the Brazilian the best in the world on a trip to Dubai earlier this year.

Barcelona have been on Silva’s trail for some time with reports claiming the Blaugrana’s new boss Tito Vilanova had made the cultured centre-back his No. 1 transfer target this summer.

Barca’s arch rivals Madrid are also showing an interest, according to FIFA agent and man in-the-know Ernesto Bronzetti, but Milan insist they have no plans to chas in 0n their prized asset.


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