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Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva could rejoin former club AC Milan at the end of the 2016-17 season, according to his agent, Paulo Tonietto.
The 32-year-old centre-back moved from the San Siro to PSG in 2012 for £36 million, penning a five-year deal, and he has since played a huge role in the French giants becoming one of Europe’s top clubs.
Per Calciomercato.com, a number of big clubs are interested in signing Silva—who recently received his first call-up to the Brazil squad in over a year—in 2017, and going back to Milan is a definite option for the former Fluminense star, according to Tonietto:
He [Thiago Silva] is very happy for [the] Brazil call up. That was one of his objectives and I think he deserves it.
Contract talks with PSG have been put on hold. We are going to evaluate the future alongside the club, but if PSG fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League this season, we are not going to sign a new contract, that’s for sure.
There are many clubs interested in signing Thiago Silva.
He’s in love with AC Milan. He loves the club and the city. We’ve had no contact with the Italian club and Thiago Silva is still under contract with PSG, but a return to AC Milan could be possible if we don’t sign a new contract. The Rossoneri have good chances to qualify for the Champions League.
Silva is still very much a key part of the PSG squad, despite Unai Emery replacing Laurent Blanc as the manager in the summer.
He missed the beginning of the 2016-17 campaign because of a hip injury but has played all 90 minutes of five of PSG’s last six matches in all competitions since returning to action, per WhoScored.com.
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Following David Luiz’s return to Chelsea at the end of the summer transfer window, 21-year-old Presnel Kimpembe stepped in to cover Silva, and the Frenchman looks like a worthy long-term replacement for the current skipper.
However, it is far from certain that Silva will leave the Paris giants come the end of the season.
Will Silva leave PSG at the end of the 2016-17 season?
Tonietto’s comments could well be a classic case of an agent threatening his client’s departure in an attempt to get the upper hand in contract negotiations.
From Tonietto’s comments, it seems Silva’s main ambition is to continuing playing in, and ultimately win, the Champions League.
Given the current status of both clubs, he has a much better chance of achieving that goal by remaining at PSG than moving back to a struggling Milan side.