Milan sporting director insists Arsenal and Everton target Silva will stay

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The 22-year-old striker has been linked with a move away after a disappointing start to life at the San Siro

Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has insisted that striker Andre Silva will not be departing the club, despite a lacklustre start to his San Siro career. 

Silva has yet to score in 12 Serie A appearances since making a €38 million move from Porto last summer.

The 22-year-old has managed better results in the Europa League, however, scoring eight times in 10 appearances. 

Silva's slow start to life in Milan has led to speculation that he could be looking for an early departure, with Arsenal and Everton among the clubs linked. 

But speaking to O Jogo, Mirabelli has attempted to calm any speculation linking the Portugal international with a move away. 

"I know that Andre Silva is going through a difficult time, but he is a very important player for us," Mirabelli said. 

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"We have a special affection for him, he has a lot of talent and we want him to stay with us.

"Of course he's going to be [with us] in January and I'm sure he'll be with us for many, many years."