Tuesday February 28 2012
Silva: ‘Barca just a rival’

Milan centre-back Thiago Silva has denied Monday’s reports that indicated he is interested in a move to Barcelona.

The Brazilian was quoted in Catalan publication Mundo Deportivo speaking favourably of the Blaugrana and reportedly admitted to ‘knowing’ of their interest in him.

However, in a statement released through Milan’s official website, the defender has reasserted his loyalty to the Rossoneri.

“I don't have any intention of leaving Milan. I like the idea of becoming a symbol of this club, following the path of greats such as Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini.

“[Adriano] Galliani needn't worry - Barcelona is just a rival for me.”

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