PSG has signaled to its captain, at the end of the contract, that he will not be kept next season. A page turns.

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It was in the air, but the player’s entourage struggled to maintain the suspense and to hang on to a hypothetical phone call from Leonardo. The sports director of PSG ended up picking up his phone to speak with Thiago Silva on his future but the conversation did not have the content hoped for by the Parisian captain (35 years old). A few days ago, “Leo” told his compatriot, at the end of the contract on June 30, that he would not be kept next season.

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The PSG central defender had however repeated in recent months: he wanted to continue the adventure in Paris , where he and his family feel good ( they obtained French nationality just a year ago ). More specifically, he expected to extend his lease by two years, with the hope of playing in the World Cup in Qatar (from November 21 to December 18, 2022) , his relatives believing that he was able to play at the highest level until at his 40 years.

The leaders of the champion of France decided otherwise and ratified what was smoldering. As revealed in these columns, the club decided a few days ago to thank Bruno Mazziotti , the Brazilian physiotherapist that Thiago Silva had brought to Paris the day after the 2018 World Cup where he officiated for the Seleçao.

The departure of “O Monstro” is an event for the capital’s club. Arriving in the summer of 2012 from AC Milan (against a check estimated at € 42 million) , the Brazilian, described at the time by President Nasser al-Khelaïfi as the “best defender in the world” , was a of the first big fish shod by the Qatari version of PSG.

One of the best defenders in club history, if not the best

Quickly appointed captain, he was the boss of the defense for eight years. Despite his age, he still enjoyed this status, extended by a place of choice in the “council of wise men”, a handful of executives consulted by coach Thomas Tuchel for decisions in group life. The past season testifies to this (30 appearances including 21 in L1 out of 27 matches played by the club) : he remained this regular defender and often impressive on the national scene, who will remain whatever happens as one of the best defenders in history from the club, if not the best.

His statue had however crumbled a little at the European level, where he was accused of playing too low and thus leaving fatal spaces in the Parisian bloc. A reproach formulated by Unai Emery (who, the first, had dared to relegate him to the bench against Real Madrid during the 8th finals first leg 2018, 1-3) then by his successor, Tuchel, who nevertheless nonetheless respects him without feigned respect .

Affected on a thigh a few weeks before the 8th final return against Borussia Dortmund (2-0, March 11) , Silva had done everything possible to return in time. Physically, he was well and truly operational but the German coach finally preferred him to the pair Marquinhos-Kimpembe . A refereeing may be guided by the lack of rhythm but certainly also by the long discussions between the two men, the week preceding the match, where the technician asked his player if he felt able to stick to his midfield. 

Fred invites him to join him in Fluminense

While PSG has to face the aftermath of the health crisis, with expected losses of more than € 200 million, Thiago Silva’s salary (€ 1.50 million gross monthly) will not have played in favor of an extension. A reasoning which could also concern Edinson Cavani (1.34 M € gross monthly): since the PSG exercised the option to buy Mauro Icardi, eight days ago (50 M € + 8 M € bonus) , the future of the Uruguayan (also at the end of the contract) in Paris is more hypothetical than ever. A double signal with strong symbolic value. Initiator of the first sports era of QSI in the capital (2011-2013), Leonardo seems to set the stage for a new wave.

Currently in Brazil, in his villa in Barra da Tijuca, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro where he lives with his wife and their children, Silva has accused the coup. Sunday evening (in the night from Sunday to Monday in France), Fluminense, where he began his training and progressed from 2006 to 2008, posted a photo of the Monstro with a jersey with his name (and a mask!) In the colors of Brazilian club, as well as its socio card dated June 4. A sign of his future destination?

A few days ago, the former Lyon striker, Fred (36), who has just joined the carioca club, invited his compatriot to join him. But his name also circulates in Milan or in the Premier League. In the meantime, the first question concerning him is whether he will be present on June 22 at the Camp des Loges for the resumption of training or if the club plans to release him. Silva is contractually bound to Paris-SG until June 30. But, Covid-19 obliges, FIFA offered the possibility of stretching the contracts a few additional weeks to complete the competitions of the 2019-2020 season . A few weeks ago, the player’s agent, Paulo Tonietto, explained: “Thiago wants to finish the Champions League with PSG. “ And now?