Thiago Silva has revealed why he decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the conclusion of his contract.
The Brazilian joined Chelsea following the UEFA Champions League final, in which he failed to stop his side from being beaten by Bayern Munich.
The defender had spent eight years at the Parc des Princes where he was incredibly successful and made 315 appearances for PSG in the years he was based in France.
During that tenure, Silva – who had captained the side for much of his time there – would go on to lift no fewer than seven domestic Ligue 1 titles in a haul that accounted for a total of 23 pieces of silverware during his time. Although PSG have been favourites to win many of the competitions that they are involved in, bettors will still be able to find the best available odds in the market if they were to look at the website online-betting.
However, European success continued to elude him and at 36-years-old, he has decided now was the time to leave the club as he wanted to breathe new life into the twilight stages of his career as he felt it would be difficult to start the process again at PSG.
Speaking in an interview with Esporte Interativo, the centre-back revealed the following: “For me, it would be difficult to start another year with all this pressure of having to win the Champions League.
“So logically, I change things a little, I’m a little more relaxed. Not that there is no pressure here, the pressure is the same! A great team looking to win titles, but hey, I came to help, I can help at any time.”
Although the Brazilian appeared to sound relaxed about the situation and that he perhaps feels a little more at ease with a move to Chelsea, he continued to reassure any that may have had doubts about what he was expecting.
Silva added: “I am motivated, I live for the challenges. I had been playing in Paris for eight years. Logically, one way or another, you fall into a comfort zone. Not a comfort zone in the sense of no longer working, of no longer seeking good results, but you end up falling into a routine.”
Of course, the experienced defender is now finding his feet at Stamford Bridge and appears to have already faced a number of tests.
PSG certainly did not start life without the defender rather well, as they suffered two defeats in their opening three matches – although that could have been down to a UEFA Champions League hangover – but things have since subsequently improved.
The club’s European ambitions took a huge hit in this year’s competition, though, as they were beaten by Manchester United once again in their opening group match.