Thiago Silva has admitted that he knew it would be almost impossible for Milan to turn down Paris Saint-Germain’s offer for his services.
The Diavolo initially snubbed a PSG bid for the Brazilian and instead extended his contract. However, just weeks later, the French club announced the defender’s capture.
“I had clearly said to everybody that I wanted to stay at Milan until the end of my agreement,” Thiago Silva told the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“PSG director Leonardo phoned me to tell me that negotiations had re-opened, that he wanted me and I was a bit confused.
“I spoke to Massimo Ambrosini and told him that I didn’t know anything, but I knew that Milan had some economical difficulties and that it would have been difficult for me to stay.
“If that wasn’t the case then I would still be at Milan today because I’m not a mercenary and Milan is my home.
“Saying that, Milan did some great business because they signed me for €10m and sold me for €42m.”
The Diavolo have made massive changes this summer after a host of veterans left at the end of their contracts, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sold to PSG too.
“Serie A remains a successful product that people passionately follow around the world,” he continued.
“Milan are poorer without the senators Gennaro Gattuso, Pippo Inzaghi and Clarence Seedorf. The club have lost a lot and the team needs to be reformed, but Allegri is an intelligent Coach and will know what to do.
“Alexandre Pato can lead this new Milan. I see that he has great faith in himself and he has the desire to prove his worth.”
With Serie A now in his past, Thiago Silva is looking forward to the new challenge that awaits him in the French capital.
“Everyone has spoken well of boss Carlo Ancelotti and with him and Ibra, it will feel like having a bit of Milan still with me,” he noted.
“I want to go as far as possible in the Champions League, come up against my ex-teammates and hopefully beat them…”