Friday June 1 2012
Baresi: Thiago Silva my heir

Milan legend Franco Baresi has identified Thiago Silva as his natural successor in the Milan defence.

Baresi, who was voted the Rossoneri’s Player of the Century in 1999, spent his entire 20-year playing career with the San Siro outfit as an influential member of their defence.

With Alessandro Nesta having left Milan this summer, Baresi has talked up Silva’s chances of being the next in line to take a leading role as both he and Nesta once did for the club.

“I hope he is my heir,” began Baresi to Folha de Sao Paulo. “I would like him to stay at Milan for several years. He’s a player who has proven he has great qualities and that he is important for the future of Milan.

“It’s difficult to identify where he can still improve. He has already proven to have everything.”