‘It p****d me off… I really didn’t like the way it was conducted’: Chelsea new boy Thiago Silva hits out at PSG for failing to offer him a new deal beyond the Champions League final and slams ‘awkward’ sporting director Leonardo
- Thiago Silva ended his eight-year stay at Paris Saint-Germain in the summer
- He was not offered a new deal beyond the end of the season by Leonardo
- The Brazilian defender lifted 23 trophies during his time in Paris
- He joined Chelsea on a free deal after failing to earn a new deal at PSG
Thiago Silva has hit out at Paris Saint-Germain for the manner of his departure from the club this summer, admitting it was a ‘situation that p****d me off’.
The 36-year-old was keen to extend his eight-year stay in Paris this summer but was not offered a contract extension by sporting director Leonardo.
He played on during the Champions League finale – taking PSG to their first final where they were agonisingly beaten by Bayern Munich – before completing a free transfer to Chelsea.
Thiago Silva waves goodbye to the PSG fans after a friendly against Celtic in July
The Brazilian defender lifted 23 trophies during a glittering eight-year stay in Paris
But he believes it was handled awkwardly and hastily after nearly a decade of service to the Ligue 1 club.
‘It’s a situation that p****d me off. I really didn’t like the way it was conducted’, he told France Football.
‘Even if there was lockdown, things should have been done differently.
‘I was in Brazil, in quarantine, when Leonardo called me to tell me that because of the pandemic and the difficulties … [He pauses.] No, first, he asked me if I was OK to continue for two more months to compete in a possible Final 8. I told him yes.
Silva could not inspire PSG to Champions League glory in his final appearance last month
Silva slammed sporting director Leonardo for not offering him an extended contract
‘But he told me that the club would not go beyond these two months. It would be two months and nothing else. It should have been done differently.’
Silva lifted a staggering 23 trophies at PSG and said: ‘All my career at PSG, I gave the maximum, I never cheated.
‘It’s as if three matches in the final eight changed everything? And everything I had achieved in those eight years didn’t matter anymore? It is not consistent.
‘Leo did this in an awkward and hasty fashion. Not just with me by the way. I also think of Cavani who is the top scorer in the history of PSG. I say this so that the club progresses and does not make these kinds of mistakes in the future. ‘
Silva (left) went on to join Chelsea on a free transfer after his departure from PSG