£35m PSG Signing Thiago Silva Claims He Was Forced to Leave AC Milan

Brazilian says he did not want to leave Milan.

PSG centre-half Thiago Silva has claimed he did not want to leave Milan to join the French club and stressed that the Italians wanted money, not him.

Silva joined the mega-rich Parisiens earlier this month, along with team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in a double deal thought to be worth around £55 million to the Serie A outfit.

It left AC fans furiously demanding refunds on their season tickets, while Silva and Ibrahimovic have been labelled money grabbing mercenaries.

While the outspoke Swede has hailed PSG as a ‘dream club’, Silva has attempted to appeased AC supporters, insisting he was pressured to leave and did so 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 €42m.”

Silva is one of a number of big name players to leave AC and the Serie A this summer but the 27-year-old insisted that the Italian top-flight is as competitive as ever.

“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,” he 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.”

As part of their major rebuilding exercise, the Rossoneri have been linked with a number of Premier League stars, including Man City duo Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko.

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