'I want a Brazil-France final' - Thiago Silva

The Paris Saint-Germain defender says it doesn't matter who his team meet in the final, but he would prefer to come up against Didier Deschamps' men

Brazil captain Thiago Silva says he would like to meet France in the final of this summer's World Cup.

Brazil have won the tournament more than any other nation, having been crowned world champions five times in their history. However, their last two outings in the sport's most prestigious competition have ended at the quarter-final stage. As this year's hosts, though, Brazil are one of the favourites to win the trophy.

The 29-year-old centre-back says he will be happy as long as his side make it to the final but admits he would love to come up against France in order to gain revenge for the 3-0 defeat Les Bleus handed the Selecao in the 1998 World Cup final and to meet PSG team-mate Blaise Matuidi.

"My ultimate dream? Brazil in the final! No matter the opponent," he told Le Parisien. "The final could be Brazil against Spain, a repeat of the Confederations Cup final that we won 3-0 last year. 

"Or Brazil-Germany or us against Italy. Finally, for me playing all year in France, I would like a final against them!

"Would I like a reunion with Matuidi? Yes, and it would be especially good to have the opportunity to take revenge for the defeat in the World Cup final in 1998.

"It was a great loss and a great disappointment for us. This disillusionment has remained in the memories of all Brazilians."