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 By Ian Holyman

Thiago Silva denies Ibra rift

Thiago Silva denies the suggestion that there is a rift between himself and Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Thiago Silva has revealed that he avoids riling Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic as he is aware of how the combustible Swede can explode.

Spanish media claimed last week that Silva, 29, was hoping to leave PSG this summer following a falling out with Ibrahimovic, 32, during a training session.

However, in an interview with Placar, the Brazil captain explained the incident during which tempers flared, and added he now understands how to cope with his temperamental team-mate.

"During a training session, Ibra made a mess of five consecutive passes and no-one told him anything. When I made a mess of one, he shouted at me. We had an exchange of words. After training, he came to apologise, and told me it was the first time in his life that he'd been wrong," said Silva, who played alongside the Swede at AC Milan for two years before the pair moved to the French capital in 2012.

"We've not had any other problems. Our relationship is very good. When Ibra gets annoyed, I prefer not to reply because I know how he can react. I prefer to calmly count to ten."

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