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Thiago Silva: I want to win trophies

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva hopes to win a trophy quickly in France, having once more denied that he chose to move for financial reasons.

Thiago Silva, 27, moved to the Parc des Princes along with Zlatan Ibrahimovic from AC Milan for a combined €62 million earlier this month, having initially seen a deal blocked by Rossoneri president Silvio Berlusconi.

The Brazilian subsequently signed a new contract extension with Milan, but ultimately moved to Paris St Germain when the French side returned with a second offer - this time including Swedish striker Ibrahimovic.

Since the transfer, though, Thiago Silva has consistently denied it was motivated by money, insisting that it was Milan who left him little option but to move.

"I said clearly that I wanted to stay up until the end of my contract,'' he told Gazetta dello Sport. "There have been discussions between PSG and Milan, between Leonardo and Galliani. But the fans have mobilised and Berlusconi did not want to sell me, I then extended and I was delighted.

"Then things changed. Leonardo called me to tell me that negotiations had resumed, he wanted me, he was ready to make great efforts. I realised that Milan had economic difficulties and it would be very difficult to stay. I am not a mercenary. Milan, it was my home. On the other hand, they made a big deal. They bought me for €10 million and sold me for 42.''

Thiago, who is currently captaining Brazil in pursuit of Olympic glory, believes that PSG under manager Carlo Ancelotti can go on to achieve great success.

"Everyone spoke highly of Ancelotti. With him and Ibra (Zlatan Ibrahimovic), I have a little bit of Milan with me,'' he added.

"PSG sets up a very strong team, we'll see if we can win something quickly and go as far as possible Champions League. In this regard, I'd love to see my former partners (of Milan). And maybe beat them.''

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