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Thiago Silva: PSG are a bigger club than Man United

first_img1 Thiago Silva Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva risked incurring the wrath of Manchester United fans by claiming Angel di Maria is ”taking a step up” by moving to the French champions.Di Maria is close to sealing a move away from Old Trafford just one season after completing a British record £59.7million switch from Real Madrid.Twelve months later, following a poor season which saw the Argentina international struggle to adapt to life in England, United have reportedly accepted a £45m offer from PSG, with the player set to undergo a medical with Parisian club chiefs in Doha on Monday.And despite the forward’s apparent fall from grace – he was named man-of-the-match as Real Madrid won the Champions League title two years ago – Brazilian defender Silva says Di Maria’s arrival proves mega-rich PSG have now risen above United in the ranks of Europe’s elite.“I think that people now need to respect PSG as a club, and our position as one of the big clubs in Europe,” said the skipper.“Real Madrid and Barcelona are probably on another level, but after that if you are joining PSG it means you are probably taking a step up.”It’s a bold claim from the captain of a team which is only 44 years old and has claimed just five Ligue 1 titles, while Man United have won the English top flight a record 20 times.Nevertheless, PSG progressed to the Champions League semi-finals last season after knocking out Premier League champions Chelsea, and Silva believes that alone proves his point.He added: “We went further than any English clubs in Europe last year – even beating the English champions.“Every season we keep our best players despite much interest, and always add the best players in Europe. How many clubs can say that? The vision our owners have for this club is very clear, and that is for PSG to be the best.”last_img

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