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Thiago Silva not distracted by Barca talk

AC Milan defender Thiago Silva says he is aware that Barcelona are interested in signing him, but insists he is fully focused on performing for the Rossoneri.

Thiago Silva, 27, has been a mainstay in Milan's defence this season as they bid to retain their Serie A title for the first time since 1994.

His imperious displays at the back for the reigning Italian champions have seen Barcelona reportedly take note, with the Catalans thought to be searching for a long-term replacement for Carles Puyol.

But while the Brazil international says he is aware of interest from Barca, he claims he has not been distracted by talk of a possible move to Camp Nou.

"I do not know what will happen in my future," Thiago Silva told Mundo Deportivo. "Through some friends and the press I know that Barcelona are interested in me, but for now there is no concrete offer.

"I leave these questions to my agent, but at this time my only thought is to return Milan to be champions of Italy again. The Catalan team are the best in the world, even if they are not going through the happiest of times right now.

"Every player dreams of playing at a big club like Barcelona. [But] I am only focused on Milan. They are a club that allowed me to fulfil my dream, namely to play in a great team."

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