Thiago Silva: I never thought about leaving AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain

The 27-year-old centre-back was on the verge of being sold to the Ligue 1 side, but Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi pulled the plug on the deal at the last minute
Thiago Silva has insisted that he never seriously thought about leaving AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazil international appeared set to join the Ligue 1 outfit, after Rossoneri owner Silvio Berlusconi admitted that the cash-strapped Italian club were simply not in a position to turn down the French side's offer of €46 million for the player.

However, the former Italian Prime Minister ultimately had a change of heart and Thiago Silva, who subsequently signed a new contract with Milan, is delighted that his proposed move to the Parc des Princes collapsed.

"To be honest, I never thought about leaving Milan," he told reporters at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

"In all the interviews I gave I said I wanted to stay and continue my career at Milan. But because I had done well, other clubs opened their eyes and it was only normal that an offer arrived. But I'm glad I stayed."

Thiago Silva also explained that a number of his team-mates had got in contact with him in order to persuade him to reject PSG's advances.

"I spoke to [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, who is a great friend, as well as [Antonio] Cassano, Pato, Robinho and [Mario] Yepes, who all advised me not to leave.

"But I said that my thinking was to make history [at Milan], just as [Paolo] Maldini and [Franco] Baresi did. And to be compared with them is an honour."

Thiago Silva, who has been included in Brazil's Olympic squad, arrived at San Siro in December 2008 from Fluminense.