Manchester City target pledges his future to AC Milan
Serie A giants AC Milan are relieved to hear that Brazilian defender Thiago Silva has pledged his immediate future to the club, despite interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.
The 27-year-old had been strongly with a move this summer, as the Italian press had reported that a recent meeting between City boss Roberto Mancini and Milan CEO Adriano Galliani centred around a mooted €40 million asking price for the centre-back's services.
However, the player himself has quashed such speculation after giving an interview to Gazetta dello Sport, though he did not refrain from publicly expressing his wish that the team splashes the cash this season, a sentiment echoed by the club's talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently.
"I have been told that for Milan I am a fundamental part of the team and non-transferable," Thiago Silva told the Italian newspaper.
"If I am tempted to play in the Premier League or La Liga? Absolutely not. I am happy at Milan and I want to stay. I spoke with Adriano Galliani before I left for Hamburg, and he told me: 'You can stay calm because you are not leaving this club'."
"Ibrahimovic and I think the same way: we came to this club to win and we are staying for that same reason," he added. "Milan are already a competitive side, but this season showed that in order to go further, we need more quality players."
With Silva seemingly off the market, Manchester City's centre-back target could shift Germany and Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels, as the 23-year-old has long been monitored over at Eastlands.