Only a few days to go before seeing “the next world” rediscover the ways of that of yesteryear. Thursday, finally, Thiago Silva should be able to frolic with his partners on the lawn of the Camp des Loges. Sixteen weeks after the crazy post-Dortmund celebration, the last collective pre-crisis scene, PSG, Thomas Tuchel, his captain and all the rest of the gang will climb the first step towards the floor of return to normal.
At the end of almost two months of strict confinement, of a few weeks of leave to wander in a cluster, then of a handful of days to train in small groups, the champions of France will resume work all together, all together, Thursday 2 July. Like nothing ever happened. Or almost. Because the day before, at least three of them will have started the first day of the rest of their lives in Paris.
Sergio Rico and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting, who we knew were passing through, but also and above all Thiago Silva. The emblematic captain, appointed 7 years and 7 months ago by Carlo Ancelotti, record player of matches played in the Paris jersey with the armband (288), will end his Paris adventure, after 8 seasons of good and loyal service, with a kind of ” summer job ”. A CDD of two months and 5 cleaver matches, at best: the two finals of the National Cups (against Saint-Etienne on July 24 and Lyon on 31) and the final phase of the Champions League, which UEFA has changed to “Final 8” in Lisbon in mid-August, due to Covid.
A freelance that Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier refused, also at the end of the contract on June 30, confirming that love stories end badly in general. Except, perhaps, for Thiago Silva. In the entourage of the Capitao, it is not denied that the phone call from Leonardo announcing that his contract would not be extended was a difficult moment of confinement. Arrived in 2012 from AC Milan, the one who was then the biggest transfer in the history of PSG (42 million euros) had made France a second homeland and Paris his adopted city, which he did not intend to leave this summer. Naturalized last year with his wife, the Brazilian has continued to multiply the calls of flagship to its leaders. In vain.
But despite this blow of bamboo, Thiago Silva never considered not to return to the fold. If his religious convictions prohibit him from making any judgment on the decisions of Cavani and Meunier, he has decided to combine his end of adventure in Paris with more-than-perfect. It is undoubtedly no coincidence that during the period of confinement, the international Auriverde (88 selections) was one of the Parisians to appear most often while swimming on social networks.
“He’s a real captain”
Beyond the com, the 35-year-old is not only driven by the desire to prove that he is still in shape. In private, he also keeps reminding, with a good dose of second degree, that at his age, he can not stop working. And that staying in shape is the only way to make up for lost time.
The captain must have appreciated the words of his coach, Thomas Tuchel on Friday: “He remains our captain until the end. […] Thiago is no ordinary player. We have to enjoy the last two months together. I’m sure he remains a key player for us, important in the locker room and for me. We have a great relationship of trust. He is super-reliable, very professional, he is a real captain. “
After being too short to participate in the knockout round against Dortmund (2-0), he decided not to miss any of the last 5 potential meetings that await him with Paris. The finals of the French Cups and the League, but especially the quarter-finals of the Champions League as well as the potential semi and final of the event.
“I still have goals to reach in Europe”
It is on this last challenge that the Brazilian focuses all his attention and energy. Without having any illusions for the future. Despite the proposal for an extension that has just been made in Kurzawa, the Silva clan does not expect to see Paris and Leonardo go back. O’Monstro knows, we will have to look elsewhere at the end of the summer. Fluminense, his training club where his friend and confidant Marcao occupies the position of assistant coach, has already opened his arms to him. But anxious to compete in the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, the Brazilian has affirmed his desires to remain in Europe for at least two more seasons.
“Everyone knows the affection I have for Fluminense, they opened their doors to me when I suffered from tuberculosis,” he recently explained. I have eternal gratitude for this, but I still have goals to reach in Europe. In Italy, his name is buzzing around Milan and Fiorentina. In England, he is said to have contacts with Everton, Tottenham and Wolverhampton. For the time being, he intends to just make a little more history with PSG. To be the first captain to have worn the Cup with big ears above his head and from Paris.