After losing a number of high-profile veterans in the summer, AC Milan are determined to keep hold of defender Thiago Silva according to manager Massimiliano Allegri.
It has been a tough season for AC Milan after they failed to win any major title like the Champions League or the Italian Serie A title.
In addition to this, they have also lost a number of high-profile veterans like Clarence Seedorf and Gattuso after their contracts expired during the summer. In order to bring down the age of the squad and also in order to look towards the future, AC Milan decided not to offer them new contracts.
There is expected to be a major revamp at the San Siro in the summer, but not in terms of the departures according to Massimiliano Allegri. Thiago Silva has been one of the key players mentioned in most of the transfer rumours leading up to the Euro 2012.
The 27-year-old defender has been the target of clubs like Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich. Manchester City have also shown interest in the Brazilian in order to replace the inconsistent Joleon Lescott in the centre of defence. However, Allegri is confident that Milan will not be persuaded into selling one of their top players in the form of Thiago Silva.
“I am convinced that Thiago Silva will stay. He is the strongest defender in Europe and to lose him would be terrible for us. But I am convinced that after the Olympics he will return to Milanello. I think [club administrator Adriano] Galliani has been very clear with respect to what the club’s intentions are. Milan does not want to see him leave,” said Allegri to the official website of AC Milan. Thiago Silva is also linked with a move to Real Madrid.