MILAN DETERMINED TO KEEP THIAGO SILVA

AC Milan will resist the temptation to sell Man City target Thiago Silva this summer.

Last Updated: 24/05/12 at 09:48 Post Comment

Thiago Silva: Won't be sold

Thiago Silva: Won't be sold

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AC Milan will resist the temptation to sell sought-after defender Thiago Silva this summer, according to club vice-president Adriano Galliani.

The Brazil international has been linked with a move away from the San Siro, with top European clubs - including Manchester City - keen to acquire the 27-year-old's services.

"We will do all that is possible and impossible to resist temptation," Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "Thiago Silva is happy to remain in Milan.

"He has a contract until 2016."

Silva is also a reported target of Barcelona and Paris St Germain.

"There is a true siege for him," Galliani said. "It seems every club wants him, rich clubs and their owners."

Silva will be in action in London this summer, with the central defender set to play at the Olympics with Brazil.

"Thiago asked and obtained the authorisation from us to go to the Olympics," Galliani said.

"We evaluated that it's better for us to have a player who is happy rather than unhappy."

Silva joined Milan in 2009 from Fluminense after previous unsuccessful spells in Europe with Porto and Dynamo Moscow.

He made 27 league appearances for Milan this season.Galliani also revealed they club would not acquire the full rights of Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani or Argentinian striker Maxi Lopez.

The Rossoneri can exercise that option at the end of the month, but Galliani said: "Aquilani will not be bought at the end of May. We will see if we can find other solutions in June.

"For the time being, even though we are happy with him, we cannot buy Maxi Lopez."

Milan signed Aquilani from Liverpool on a season-long loan agreement last summer.

The 27-year-old made a total of 31 appearances for Milan this season.

Lopez, meanwhile, arrived at San Siro on loan from Serie A rivals Catania in January.

The 28-year-old, who recently announced his wish to remain at Milan, scored one goal in eight league appearances for Milan this season.

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