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PSG: Thiago Silva farewells Parc des Princes

Publish on 23/07/2020 at 12h00

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Brazilian captain Thiago Silva had the opportunity to bid farewell to the several thousand Parisian fans present at the Parc des Princes during Tuesday evening's PSG-Celtic friendly.

PSG captain Thiago Silva experienced "a lot of emotions" for his last match in front of the fans at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday in a friendly against Celtic Glasgow (4-0), while his adventure, which began in 2012, is set to come to term at the end of August.

"I remember well the last time I played at the Maracanã with Fluminense, it was the same, it's difficult on the last day," he told of beIN Sports, after having gone to greet the Parisian fans, who unfurled a banner and sang in his honour during the match. "But it's not over yet. We still have a lot of things to do, three cups to bring home, and that's why we have to keep working. I hope I can go out with a reward, that's my goal."

'I grew as a person'

In Paris since 2012, the 35-year-old Brazilian defender, whose departure was announced at the end of June by sports director Leonardo, has agreed to play extra time - until the end of the club's Champions League run - under a two-month extension of a contract that was due to end on 30 June.

When he arrived in the capital from AC Milan, did he expect to stay in Paris for eight years?

"No, not at all. It's a story I wrote. I'm very happy about it. My children grew up here in France... [on the verge of tears] I grew up too, not just as a player, but as a person," he said. "And the respect the club has given me, all the players and the staff, is the most important thing for me

A twist at the end of August?

During the Celtic match, fans pleaded for Thiago Silva to stay in Paris and to sign a new contract right away. Is there in fact any hope of the Brazilian eventually extending his contract after the Final 8 in Lisbon?

"Today he's our player, our captain. We need to talk about this after the Champions League," said coach Thomas Tuchel after the match. "It looks like he's leaving. But in football, you never know."

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