Wednesday May 9 2012
Silvestre: 'I want Palermo exit'

Matias Silvestre has declared he wants to leave Palermo. “I want to play for an ambitious club that takes part in European competition.”

The Argentine defender joined from Catania last summer, but was unimpressed with a campaign that saw three Coaches and several directors move through the club.

“It’s true, I expected more,” he told TMW. When I accepted the move to Palermo, I thought we’d be challenging for the Europa League. Instead, the team was eliminated in the preliminary round. I am certainly regretful on how the season ended.

“Next season I want to play for an ambitious club that takes part in European competition. I heard talk of many clubs interested in me and I am the right age to take that step up in quality. I want to do that from next year.

“Obviously whoever wants me will have to pay the price-tag that Palermo are asking for, but I would very much like that to happen. I want to take that next step.”

Silvestre has been linked with the likes of Roma and Milan, while he is determined to stay in Serie A.

“I prefer not to say which club I’d prefer, but I do want to challenge on a big stage. I feel ready for that. I’d like to continue playing in Italy and I know there are important clubs who want me.

“Mind you, if an overseas side did come calling, then I’d certainly think about it. Naturally I also thank Palermo for having believed in me.”