Thiago Silva: Barcelona will be able to live without me

The Brazilian had been touted as a potential signing for the Blaugrana, but he stated his belief that they will cope without him following his transfer to Paris Saint-Germain
Thiago Silva has declared that his move to Paris-Saint Germain will have no effect on Barcelona, who had previously been linked to the former AC Milan defender.

The 27-year-old is currently representing Brazil at the Olympic Games and was asked whether he thought that his decision to sign for the Ligue 1 club would make a negative impact on the Catalan outfit.

"Barcelona are a great team and they have lived without Thiago Silva until now, as I have lived without Barcelona. It will make no difference," Silva said at a press conference.

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"I am only thinking about the Olympics. My contract is with Paris Saint-Germain and I hope to have success there, as I did with Milan."

The centre-back also admitted that he has had little contact with anyone at his new club due to his international commitments with the Selecao.

"I haven't been there yet, I only signed the contract in a hotel in Rio de Janeiro. I had no further contact with anyone at the club. I know Leonardo and [Carlo] Ancelotti."

Brazil face South Korea in the semi-final of the Olympics on Tuesday.