AC Milan defender Thiago Silva has revealed that his wife was the reason he turned down a move to Real Madrid in the summer.
It is believed that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho was keen to sign the 26-year-old Brazil international but he eventually turned to Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea.
“It was my wife who said no to Madrid,” Thiago Silva told Corriere dello Sport.
“She prefers Milan to Madrid. I like Milan too and so does my son.
“There were other opportunities. Before Milan, Inter got in touch, but then I never heard from anyone and so I joined Milan.”
Having committed to Milan, he now hopes to spend the rest of his career at the club.
“I hope to stay as long as possible. I would have no problems playing until I am 40 like Maldini. I owe plenty to [Paolo] Maldini and Sandro [Nesta]. They have been exceptional with me. Playing with Nesta makes me better.
“As for Maldini, he has always been an example.”