Thiago Silva will leave PSG this summer after eight years with the club according to L’equipe.
The French media outlet is reporting that the club captain was informed his current contract will not be extended beyond this year’s Champions League campaign in a phone call with Sporting Director Leonardo.
Silva had originally hoped to renew his contract for a further two years but with the Brazillian turning 36 in September the French champions opted not to keep him on.
Instead, the club will put their faith in fellow centre backs Marquinhos and Thilo Kehrer.
Since joining PSG from AC Milan in 2012 Silva has won seven league titles, five League Cups and four French Cups with the club.
Silva’s PSG legacy
When Thiago Silva made the move to PSG in 2012 it signalled a new dawn for the club. Arriving with fellow Milan teammate Zlatan Ibrahimović the pair were the first real superstars to join the new Qatari backed revolution.
His composed and commanding defensive displays had impressed in Italy and Silva had helped Milan to the Serie A title in 2011. This remains the last time the Rossoneri has won the league and last time any team other than Juventus has claimed the Scudetto.
During the summer of 2012 Silva had his pick of some of Europe’s best clubs to go to with interest from the Premier League amongst others.
He opted for PSG and while many understandably claimed it was purely for financial reasons he soon felt at home in the French capital. In fact, he and his wife even became French citizens last year.
On the pitch and the Brazillian’s qualities also shone through. He quickly established himself as a leader in the dressing room taking the captain’s armband in his first season at the club and became one of the league’s best players.
At the end of his first season at the club, he led the team to their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 which went on to be the first of many.
Just like with Edinson Cavani who is also expected to leave this summer Silva will be a big miss for the Parisians and not easy to replace.
On the terraces, he will always be remembered as one of the key players who took PSG from also-rans to a world superpower.
What’s next for Silva?
At almost 36 years old Silva now has a big decision to make about his future. It is likely to be one of if not his final career move so he’ll want to choose it wisely.
He and his family are clearly settled in Paris and he signalled his intentions to stay at the club so the news that he will now need to find a new club may have come as a bit of a shock to him.
Some reports suggest that his former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen for a reunion at Everton and a move back to Milan has also been mooted.
Whether Silva wants to try his hand at the Premier League before retirement or even head back to his native Brazil remains to be seen but one thing is for sure, he’ll go down as one of the best centre backs of the 21st century.
For now, he will want to end his PSG career on the highest of highs. Winning the Champions League for the first time ever with PSG will certainly do that.