Thiago Silva rules out PSG exit

The Brazilian center back has dismissed rumors surrounding a possible move to Barcelona, pledging his allegiance to the Ligue 1 outfit and owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Thiago Silva has rubbished claims he will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer amid interest from Barcelona.

The Brazil defender has been heavily linked with the Blaugrana, who see him as the main target to shore up an aging backline, but the 28-year-old insists he will honor his contract with Les Parisiens.

“There’s always this kind of speculation during the transfer period,” Thiago Silva told L’Equipe. “I felt flattered, because it means that my work with PSG is appreciated, but these things are normal.

“I am happy with PSG, and the club is happy with me. There was no reason to jump ship. I appreciate president Nasser Al-Khelaifi as a friend, and I want to honor him.

“In fact, I am buying more and more into the project PSG are working on at the moment.”

The club has plenty of options in the center back position, with Alex, Mamadou Sakho, Diego Lugano and new 35 million euro signing Marquinhos vying for a spot alongside Thiago Silva in the starting XI.

The former Milan defender remains under contract with PSG until summer 2017.