Thiago Silva has admitted Paris Saint-Germain’s decision to sign Sergio Ramos to a two-year contract has left him feeling hurt.
The Brazilian left the French club last summer after the expiry of his contract, instead joining Chelsea, ultimately helping them to win the Champions League.
But a season prior, he was part of the PSG that reached the final of that competition, losing out to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.
Prior to the defeat, PSG had failed to offer Silva a new deal, allowing him to leave the club he had spent eight years with.
“At the beginning, there was no offer to renew my contract,” he explained earlier this year. “Leonardo [sporting director] called me, told me I wasn’t a part of the club’s project and said I could leave.
“After the Champions League final, he called me back and asked me if I’d signed with another club. I said no, but I’d given my word to Chelsea.”
A year on and Leonardo decided to offer Ramos a contract after the Spaniard’s long association with Real Madrid came to an end.
And Silva, now aged 36, believes that after failing to give him a new deal last summer, it was disrespectful to hand Ramos a lengthy contract, given their similar ages.
“I have nothing against Sergio Ramos, but Sergio, at the time at which they offered him a 2-year contract, was the same age as me last year,” Silva told ESPN via GFFN.
“So that made me truly sad. I have not yet spoken about it with anyone, because it made me really sad because I felt like I had done nothing for the club.
“My departure is a page that has certainly been turned, but at the same time I think a lot, I reflect a lot on everything that has happened.
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“I think that something else could have been done. Because it was not 8 days, or 8 months that I spent with PSG. It was 8 years with lots of victories, lots of work to be able to change, and put PSG at the level that it is at today.”
He continued: “I want PSG to win, because the club deserves all the respect. But, in light of the way that things played out, I have this feeling of sadness and I feel that it could have been done differently.”