Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva conceded he “does not know” if fellow Brazilian Neymar will join Real Madrid this summer, but hopes that he stays at the Parc des Princes.
There has been heavy speculation about the possibility of Neymar making the switch to the Bernabeu following his alleged unappiness at the Ligue 1 side.
Though the Brazilian’s been in brilliant form since his £200m arrival – scoring 19 league goals and notching 11 assists – he has been reported to be dissatisfied with life in the French capital.
And despite being unsure of whether or not Neymar would leave for Real Madrid in the summer, fellow compatriot Thiago Silva thanked the forward for his contribution so far this season.
“I don’t know. I cannot speak for him,” he told Canal+ as reported by Goal.
“We know that sometimes the press releases things that are not true. But also others that are true. I cannot say anything.
“I hope he stays with us, he still has a lot of things to do with us, and he has already helped us a lot, and thanks to him and the work we do together, we are even more famous.”
The Ligue 1 giants are currently 12 points clear over second-placed Monaco and will face Real – the potential home of Neymar – in the knockout phases of the Champions League this Wednesday.
It will be a mouthwatering clash as the La Liga side have struggled to maintain their status as defending champions of both Europe and Spain this season – currently 17 points behind Barcelona and having finished second in their Champions League group after Tottenham Hotspur.
Madrid, however, will be buoyed by the momentum of their 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday. Ronaldo scored his first La Liga hat-trick of the season – just in time for their meeting with PSG.
“I think it’s going to be a very high level match, you have to be focused, you do not have to talk too much before,” Silva continued.
“I just give advice to the team. We will have to play our game, try to control the match and stay focused when we don’t have the ball. We must continue to work and respect this team.”
The Brazilian also stated that it was important not to underestimate Zinedine Zidane’s side just because of their underwhelming league form.
“People think that Paris is already in the quarters because Real has run through a bad time,” he added.
“No, it’s not like that. The big players, we see them in the big matches, and it’s sure that those players at Real will give everything in this game. We will too.”