The Brazilian defender has denied he moved to PSG for the money…
It has been one of the biggest transfer stories of the summer, but Thiago Silva insists he never wanted to leave Milan for PSG and stressed that Milan wanted money, not him. PSG completed the signing of Milan duo Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this month for a fee of €65 million. It left many fans furious and they demanded refunds on season tickets while others accused the players for leaving simply in the pursuit of higher wages.
While Ibrahimovic hailed PSG as a ‘dream club’ and has criticized his former team, Silva has attempted to appeal to Milan fans and insisted he only left for the good of the club.
“I had made it very clear that I wanted to stay until the end of my contract, but I knew that Milan had financial difficulties,” Silva told Gazzetta dello Sport. “It would therefore have been difficult to stay. I would still be at Milan if it weren’t for their financial problems.
“I am not a mercenary. Milan was my home. They made a good deal, though. They signed me for €10 million and sold me for €42 million.”
Silva is one of many big names to have left Milan and Serie A this summer but the 27-year old does not believe this should affect the quality of football in the country.
“Serie A is not a poor league all of a sudden. Italian football remains a very successful product, which has inspired people all over the world.” The Brazilian defender added.
“It is true that Milan have lost some quality. They have also lost leading figures such as [Clarence] Seedorf, [Filippo] Inzaghi, and [Gennaro] Gattuso. Milan will have to rebuild the team. It will not be easy, but Allegri is an intelligent coach who will find solutions.”