Silva wanted to stay with Milan
Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva insists he did not want to leave AC Milan this summer but knew the Italians wanted to cash in.
The Brazil international defender moved to Paris along with former Milan team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a combined fee in the region of 65m euros.
It has been the biggest transfer of the summer to date, with the cash-rich French outfit looking to make a real splash domestically and in Europe in the upcoming season.
Thiago is part of a talented squad in the French capital but he has made it clear that he would have been happy to remain with Milan.
"I had made it very clear that I wanted to stay until the end of my contract, but I knew that Milan had financial difficulties," he said. "It would therefore have been difficult to stay. I would still be at Milan if it weren't for their financial problems.
"I am not a mercenary. Milan was my home. They made a good deal, though. They signed me for 10m euros and sold me for 42m euros."