I had given my word to join Chelsea, player reveals

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Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva has revealed he snubbed a last minute contract offer from former club Paris Saint-Germain because he had given his word to join Chelsea.

Silva said: “At the beginning, there was no offer to renew my contract.

“Leonardo (PSG 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.

“For me, the word is the most important. Once you’ve said something, you have to follow through.

“You can’t change your mind like that. And, I think they changed their mind after the Champions league because I showed my quality.

“What saddens me, it’s that I spent eight years there and I was judged on the last three games.

“Everything I’d done before didn’t matter.

“For me, it’s sad to make a decision like that, but it’s football.

“That’s how it is. Now I have to look forward and to keep working for Chelsea.

“It’s a club that deserves it.”

Silva has been a revelation for Chelsea since joining on a free during the summer transfer window.

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