Chelsea new boy ‘really wanted’ move to former club before joining

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Thiago Silva was hoping for a return to AC Milan before joining Chelsea this summer, according to a report.

Silva signed for Chelsea as a free agent after leaving Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2019-20 season.

Despite being 36, Silva has cemented his place as a regular for Chelsea in the first few weeks of the Premier League season. He has started four of their seven Premier League games so far.

However, claims have now emerged that Silva may not have ended up at Stamford Bridge this summer after all. According to Calciomercato, he wanted to join Milan.

Silva previously spent three years in Serie A, where he won one league title before joining PSG. After Milan brought back Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this year, there were rumours they could follow suit by bringing back another veteran former player.

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It appears Silva would have been more than open to such a possiblity. The Italian report claims the Brazilian “really wanted” a move back to San Siro before joining Chelsea.

What’s more, he contacted the club to make his feelings known. However, Milan decided against spending big on another experienced high earner on top of Ibrahimovic.

That cleared the path for Chelsea to swoop in for Silva, who is “enthusiastic” about his new adventure in the Premier League. The former PSG captain already feels like a leader at Stamford Bridge after quickly settling in.


Silva annoyed at PSG exit

Back in September, Silva admitted he was not happy with how PSG handled his departure from the club.

“I was not angry but it is a situation that annoyed me,” the 36-year-old said of his exit (via France Football).

“The way it was done didn’t please me at all. Even if it was during the confinement, things should have been done differently.

“Leonardo called me to ask if I wanted to keep going for two months for the Champions League, I said yes. Then he said that the club would not go over these two months.

“It p***ed me off because of what I did for this club during eight years. It should have been done differently.

“You don’t act like this with someone who spent so much time at a club. At the start, I was angry.”

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