Thiago Silva of Chelsea has accused the former Paris Saint-Germain club of ‘lacking regard’ for him and Edinson Cavani of Manchester United by not arranging a farewell for their long-serving players when they left last summer.
Around 2012-2020, the Brazil international helped the French giants to 23 pieces of domestic silverware and their 2019-20 UEFA Champions League final loss to Bayern Munich was the former captain’s final game with Les Parisiens.
After a promising debut season so far, Silva, now 36 and expected to remain on with the Blues, told FourFourTwo that PSG never gave him a chance to stay at Parc des Princes and accused the Ligue 1 champions of disrespecting him and Cavani.
“They never offered me a single thing,” he said. “Not even a ‘Thiago, do you agree € 1 to stay with us?’ But, there is something worse than that. They had three months to arrange a goodbye, even during a pandemic, but nothing was accomplished.
Man, I haven’t been there for a single season, or for a few months—be it’s an eight-year spell as a captain who has lifted several club trophies. There was far more respect I deserved than that. Edinson had the same thing going on.
I am grateful for the things I experienced there. The final bit aside, I was happy and always well treated by everyone. I did everything I could to take the club to where they are now — we got to a Champions League final for the first time. PSG will always be in my heart.”
Silva also disclosed that before the UCL run in Portugal, agent Paulo Tonietto began searching for a new club.
“Before going to Lisbon, I told my agent that he could start finding a new club for me,” he said. But he was forbidden to say anything to me until after our last Champions League match.
I bumped into the (PSG) chief, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, in the hotel elevator the morning after the final against Bayern Munich, and he told me that (sports director Leonardo) wanted to speak to me again when we were back in Paris.
I imagined what was coming, although my mind was already away from PSG. As soon as the final whistle went in Portugal, I felt like that was my last appearance for the club.”
For his role in taking the former AC Milan man to Chelsea, Silva also praised departed coach Frank Lampard and compared his late-career move to Lampard’s short spell with Manchester City before finishing with New York City FC.