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PSG chief admits they ‘could have made a mistake’ in letting Thiago Silva go

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Thiago Silva / Nasser Al Khelaifi / Leonardo

All of Chelsea’s summer signings have made good, if not excellent starts to life at the club, and that includes veteran center back Thiago Silva, who’s been instrumental in solidifying a shambolic defense. And that’s not just our word. The 36-year-old has been nominated for the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for October.

While Chelsea spent a head-turning amount in the transfer window, especially considering that it was during a pandemic, the only financial commitment we had to make for Silva was his contract and his agents fees. He had let his contract expire at PSG, and while they reportedly attempted a last-minute offer to make him change his mind, it was too little too late.

That scramble would suggest that PSG had some regrets about how they handled the situation around their long-time captain. And in fact, their sporting director, Leonardo, has recently confirmed just that.

“At one moment, we have to say “what are we going to do.” We spoke clearly with [Silva and Cavani]. It was a moment where we could not give them exactly what they wanted.

“It was a financial and generational problem. It was the moment to count on Marquinhos and Kimpembe. The decisions were difficult to take. Aside from that, we could have made a mistake.”

-Leonardo; source: GFFN

PSG chose youth and the future over the golden oldies, and that’s fair enough. It’s not like their position as the dominant power in France is under any threat. They already have a five-point lead after just ten matches played, for example.

But whether they can repeat as Champions League finalists is another question entirely, and it’s not looking too good for them after losing two of their first three games in the group stage. And that’s where someone like Thiago Silva could make all the difference, just as we’re seeing him do so at Chelsea.

Thanks, PSG!