AC Milan turned down a monster offer from Paris St Germain for Thiago Silva last month and they have now signed the Brazilian defender to a new five-year deal which ties him to the club until June 2017.
Silva told the club’s official website:
“I want to make history in Milan, like Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini.”
A Milan statement added:
“An important decision (has been) taken in difficult times and faced with a unique economic proposal.
“Thiago Silva is not simply a champion who tackles and wins back the ball, who, with his team-mates, wins, draws or loses the match. Thiago Silva himself embodies the class and style of Milan, the charisma of a club that loves the game but also the result and behaviour.
“And so his stay with the Rossoneri, decided by president Berlusconi, preserves the Milan identity.”
This is a big statement by the Rossoneri. I was really surprised originally that they turned down the the reported €40m plus offer for the defender. Then to sign Silva to a new deal shows that he believes that the future is brighter in Milan than it is in Paris.
Only time will tell if he is correct.