Transfer news

Thiago Silva will see out PSG deal

July 15, 2013
By Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Thiago Silva's agent has told Paris Saint-Germain's official website the Brazilian centre-back will "go to the end" of the five-year contract he signed in the French capital a year ago.

Thiago Silva scored from the spot for PSG
GettyImagesBarcelona have been tracking Thiago Silva to plug a hole in the centre of their defence.

Silva, 28, has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer with the Catalan club having reportedly tabled a €32 million offer for the PSG and Brazil captain earlier this month, a bid some €10 million lower than the fee the Ligue 1 champions initially paid AC Milan for the centre-back 12 months ago.

Though Silva told Globoesporte recently it was "a dream" to play for Barca, he insisted he was not thinking of a move. That did not prevent speculation about his future continuing, but his representative, Paulo Tonieto, has now reinforced the idea the stylish defender will be again wearing PSG colours during the 2013-14 campaign and even beyond.

"Thiago Silva is a Paris Saint-Germain player, he has a contract and he's going to respect it," the agent is quoted as saying. "The rumours exist today as they did last year, but Thiago Silva is a PSG player and he will go to the end of his contract with his club."

The statement is in line with what PSG club president Nasser Al Khelaifi told Spanish newspaper Sport recently that "Thiago Silva is not for sale, he will stay at the club until the end of his contract", while new PSG coach Laurent Blanc, after speaking to the Brazilian by phone, believed the player was "fully committed to the PSG project".