The Premier League may continue to attract the world’s elite players, from Sergio Aguero to Luis Suarez, Oscar and Mesut Ozil, but Brazil defender Thiago Silva isn't planning a move anytime soon.
The 29-year-old centre-back swapped Milan for Paris in July 2012; one of many big-money signings for nouveau riche Paris Saint-Germain in a €42 million deal.
He has also been courted by fellow heavy spenders Manchester City, as well as Manchester United and Barcelona. While speculation over his future intensified last month after reports of a falling-out with PSG boss Laurent Blanc upon exiting the Champions League to Chelsea – another side once keen on recruiting him.
However, speaking exclusively in the June 2014 issue of FourFourTwo, the former Fluminense stopper reveals he’s not a big fan of the English top flight, claiming there’s a lot of long ball and that he sees no future for himself there.
“The Premier League is great, but honestly, I’m not a big fan,” he tells FFT.
“I enjoy the games, but if you ask me if it’s my dream to play there one day? Physically it’s very strong, with so many aerial balls, but despite me doing well in the air I don’t see myself playing in England one day.”
The Brazil skipper will be hoping to lead his country to a sixth World Cup crown on home soil later this year, adding to last summer’s Confederations Cup triumph, and hold aloft the famous gold trophy at the Maracana on July 13.
“That’s what I look forward to – getting your name written forever in the history of Brazilian football and raising the World Cup trophy. It’ll be remarkable.”
Read the full interview with Thiago Silva in the June 2014 issue of FourFourTwo which is a World Cup special, featuring interviews with fellow Samba stars Paulinho and Bernard, plus four of England’s lions: Danny Welbeck, Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling. The magazine also begins its look at the 50 greatest World Cup matches, reveals a 22-step masterplan for England success in 2022 and recalls the Baden-Baden days of the 2006 tournament when the WAGs hit the headlines. Available now in print and in a specially-designed-for-iPad version.