Thiago Silva hopes to extend at PSG despite wishing to leave last summer

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Thiago Silva has told French media that he is aiming for a new contract at Paris Saint-Germain, and that despite initially hoping to leave the French capital after the departure of a countrymate.

In an interview with RMC, the Brazilian defender said he – like everyone in Paris – is aiming towards the Champions League title but that it will be a long way to get there.

“I hope to [extend my contract],” Silva said. “We will speak with the club and with Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] to extend my contract.”

However, it wasn’t all ponies and rainbows in France for Silva, especially when he lost the man who initially brought him to the club back in 2012.

“When [former PSG director of football] Leonardo left [in 2013], I thought about leaving. I told him,” Silva confirmed. “And he replied: ‘No, we have a project going. You have to stay there. You are my cornerstone.’ So I said, ‘Okay, I stay because I am very proud to be here.'”

“But Leonardo told me to stay. Nasser also. Today, I am happy. It’s really different from last year. I did not speak French. Nobody could understand me. Today we communicate better. That changes everything.”

Silva’s current contract doesn’t run out until the summer of 2018, but at 30 years old he may just be hoping for some reassurance, and maybe a raise as well.