Thiago Silva says he never seriously thought about leaving AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazil international appeared set to join the Ligue 1 outfit, after Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi admitted the cash-strapped Italian club were simply not in a position to turn down the French side’s offer of 46 million euros for the player.
However, the former Italian Prime Minister ultimately had a change of heart and Silva, who has subsequently signed a new contract with Milan, is delighted his proposed move to the Parc des Princes collapsed.
“To be honest, I never thought about leaving Milan,” he told reporters at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.
“In all the interviews I gave I said I wanted to stay and continue my career at Milan. But because I had done well, other clubs opened their eyes and it was only normal that an offer arrived. But I’m glad I stayed.”
Silva said a number of his Milan team-mates had gotten in contact with him in order to persuade him to reject PSG’s advances.
“I spoke to (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, who is a great friend, as well as (Antonio) Cassano, (Alexandre) Pato, Robinho and (Mario) Yepes, who all advised me not to leave,” he said.
“But I said that my thinking was to make history (at Milan), just as (Paolo) Maldini and (Franco) Baresi did. And to be compared with them is an honour.”
Silva, who has been included in Brazil’s Olympic squad, arrived at San Siro in December 2008 from Fluminense.