PSG defender Thiago Silva signs new deal to 2018

Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has extended his

contract with the French champions by a year, tying him to the club

until 2018.

PSG announced the deal Thursday and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi

says Silva ”symbolizes PSG’s desire to construct one the most

successful teams in Europe.”

Silva joined PSG from AC Milan last year and swiftly became a

key player for the French club, making 22 league appearances to

help PSG win its first league title since 1994.

The 28-year-old Silva also captained Brazil to the

Confederations Cup in June.

The news comes a day after the announcement that Italy

midfielder Marco Verratti has also extended his contract at PSG

until 2018.