Al-Khelaifi holds sway for Thiago Silva
Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has spoken once again of his admiration for Barcelona, but declared his "very good relationship" with club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has helped persuade him to stay in the French capital.
Thiago Silva, 28, has four years remaining on the contract he signed with PSG following his €42 million move from AC Milan last summer.
However, the Brazil international has still been consistently linked with a move to Barca, who have reportedly already made a €32 million offer for the centre-back.
"I have four years on my PSG contract, and I'm going to respect it. I have a responsibility towards an important club in my career. I don't have anything else to say. As far as potential negotiations, you'll have to talk to my club about that. It's pointless putting me under pressure. I'm used to it, I'm experienced," Thiago Silva, who will not return to training until July 30 following his exertions in helping his nation win the Confederations Cup last month, told globoesporte.com.
"I have affection for Barcelona and their style of play. Everyone loves the way in which they play. As I'm passionate about football, I do too. But there's nothing certain for the future. I'm happy and I hope to be able to honour my contract at PSG."
Thiago Silva was given the captain's armband by former PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti last season, leading the club to their first Ligue 1 title since 1994. And Laurent Blanc, the Italian's successor, has already acknowledged the defender is the most likely candidate to continue in the role.
Al-Khelaifi has also repeatedly emphasised the importance of Thiago Silva to the team, and the player himself revealed that his admiration for the Qatari was a further factor in his decision to remain in Paris.
"I've spoken about it many times with the president. The season is going to start as the last one finished. I'm going to be wearing a PSG shirt," he said. "He's a very nice person. We have a very good relationship. That pushes me to stay. It gives me even more motivation that I have this relationship with the president and the owner of the club."
Thiago Silva’s words follow on from those of his agent, Paulo Tonieto, who told PSG's official website earlier this week: "Thiago Silva is a Paris Saint-Germain player, he has a contract and he's going to respect it. 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."