New Chelsea captain Thiago Silva has hit out at former employers Paris Saint-Germain for his treatment during his final months at the club, admitting he was ‘furious’ at the French champions’ initial reluctance to offer him a new contract. ‘ was
The 36-year-old spent eight successful years with Les Parisians, becoming their longest-serving captain and winning seven Ligue 1 titles. His time with PSG enjoyed an almost fairytale ending last August, when Thomas Tuchel’s side reached the Champions League final, only to lose in a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich. Suffered.
Silva in action during the Champions League tie with Borussia Dortmund/Chris Brunskell/Fantasta/Getty Images
Silva left the French capital in the summer, joining Premier League side Chelsea when his contract with the European finalists expired. The Brazil international was hurt by how his time with PSG ended, and speaking to France Football, he explained the way sporting director Leonardo handled his contract situation. approached, ‘upset’ him, and he believes it ‘should have been done differently. .’
“I wasn’t angry but it’s a situation that bothered me. I didn’t like the way it was done at all. Even if it was during imprisonment, things should have been done differently. was,” he said.
“Leonardo called me to ask if I wanted to go to the Champions League for two months, I said yes. Then he said the club wouldn’t go beyond those two months. It pissed me off because What I did for this club over eight years should have been done differently.
“You don’t do that to someone who has spent so much time at the club. At first I was angry.”
Silva in action on his Premier League debut / Malcolm Cousins/Getty Images
Silva also lashed out at Barcelona legend Lionel Messi and former PSG team-mate Edinson Cavani, criticizing the pair for the ‘clumsy’ manner in which they tried to force a move away from their respective clubs.
“Throughout my career in Paris, I gave my best, I never cheated. Leo [Messi] It was done in a clumsy and hurried way. And with that [Edinson] Kiwanis.”
The Chelsea star also revealed that Leonardo eventually offered him a one-year extension at the end of the Champions League run, but he had already agreed to a move to Stamford Bridge, and so he approached the sporting director. Rejected the step.
Silva had Chelsea debut to forget against West Brom/Malcolm Cousins/Getty Images
“After all, I [Leonardo] Offered me a new one-year contract, just as three Champions League games changed everything. But it was too late. I already said yes to Chelsea. I don’t hate or hate Leonardo or PSG. I am grateful and I want to thank President Nasser Al Khalifa for this beautiful adventure.
Silva’s life in blue got off to a rocky start, conceding a goal against West Bromwich Albion on his Premier League debut, and later in a dramatic 3-3 draw with the newly promoted side. was replaced.