New Paris Saint-Germain signing
Thiago Silva is looking forward to eventually playing under
coach Carlo Ancelotti after they spent six months together at AC
Milan when the Brazilian centre-back was not eligible to play.
The 27-year-old has been busy with the Olympics so was only
introduced to French media on Friday, weeks after joining PSG
from Milan for a reported French record fee which could reach 49
"I started to take a look at Ligue 1 when Leonardo and Carlo
Ancelotti came here and I followed their project with great
interest," one of the world's top defenders told a news
conference at the luxurious hotel Le Crillon.
"Leaving Milan to come here was not an easy choice to make.
Now I am very happy. I do believe in the project. I signed for
one of the greatest club in the world."
Ancelotti was in charge at Milan when the Brazilian landed
in Italy in early 2009 but due to Serie A's quota system for
non-EU players, he had to wait six months to make his debut.
By the time he did, Ancelotti had gone.
"We just talked today about the six months we spent at Milan
where I trained with him without playing because the club had
too many non-European players," Thiago Silva said.
"We laughed about it, hoping that I eventually will play
under him here."
Thiago Silva, who is not completely fit after the rigours of
the London Olympics when Brazil won silver, arrived in Paris
last week and could make his debut at Lille in 10 days.
He has been the biggest signing of the transfer window for
Qatar-backed PSG, who spent roughly 150 million euros on him,
Milan front-man Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Napoli's Argentina forward
Ezequiel Lavezzi and prospects Marco Verratti and Lucas Moura.
PSG's huge transfers and salaries, which dwarf the rest of
the French league, have stirred a lot of criticism among
However, sports director and former Milan coach Leonardo
defended the club on Friday as they bid to end years of under
achievement for a capital side and become French and European
"Thiago has the same contract here that he had at Milan when
he extended it," Leonardo said after media reported the defender
will earn around 10 million euros a year.
"He made the choice with two similar contracts in his hands,
I think it's important to know that."
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