Westwood to sign Villa deal

Thiago Silva’s agent says the defender will stay at Paris

Saint-Germain, despite interest from Barcelona.

The Brazil international only moved to the Parc Des Princes last

summer in a bumper €42million

(£36.3million) move from AC Milan.

That has not stopped rumours linking the former Fluminense star

with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona, who tried to sign him from

Milan in 2012.

Earlier this month PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi was forced

to publicly deny rumours Silva was on the brink of a move to the

Nou Camp and re-iterated that he was not for sale.

Silva himself admitted last week that a move to Barcelona would

be a “dream”, but refused to push for a move away from PSG.

His agent, Paulo Tonietto, has now moved to try and end the

rumours once and for all by insisting Silva will see out the

remaining four years of his contract at the Ligue 1 champions.

“Thiago Silva is a Paris Saint-Germain player, he is under

contract and he will honour that,” he told the club’s official


“Rumours are rife, as they were last year, but he is a Paris

Saint-Germain player and he will see out his contract.”

Westwood has established himself as a key member of Paul

Lambert’s side since arriving from Crewe last summer.

The 23-year-old was a stand-out performer for Villa despite

their struggles at the wrong end of the table and he is tipped for

a big future.

Westwood made 31 appearances in all competitions for Villa last

season and Lambert is a huge admirer of the player.

Villa are keen to reward Westwood with a new improved contract

to ward off potential suitors in the classy midfielder.

Lambert has already tied down the likes of Andreas Weimann,

Nathan Baker and Brad Guzan to new deals and Westwood is expected

to follow suit later this month.