If you were asked to come up with the Mount Rushmore of Paris Saint-Germain players—the top five players in history—you would have to strongly consider Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva.
The two South Americans were instrumental in building PSG into the superclub that it is today. Since arriving from AC Milan in 2012, Silva has been a rock in PSG’s defense. Even at 35-years-old, the Brazilian center-back continues to perform at a very high level and is one of the first names on Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI. Cavani is PSG’s all-time leading scorer and it’s not even close. That stat alone makes him a club legend and probably deserving of a mural outside the Parc des Princes. His skills have diminished some with age (32) and injuries are starting to mount up for the Uruguayan. Regardless, El Matador will always be a fan favorite.
All good things must come to an end, though, and according to a report from ESPN, PSG has not offered Cavani or Silva a new contract and both are likely to leave the club at the end of the season when their current contracts run out.
The report goes on to say that Cavani is still hopeful of receiving a contract extension, but that is unlikely given the number of muscle injuries he’s suffered the past year. It is said that Cavani would prefer to stay in Europe if a deal with PSG can’t be worked out, but if a suitor doesn’t come forward, he could be the marquee signing for David Beckham’s expansion Inter Miami according to MLSSoccer.com. If Cavani is allowed to leave, expect Mauro Icardi’s option to buy to be picked up by PSG when his loan spell runs out at the end of the season.
Silva’s situation isn’t as hopeful. PSG has quite a few options at the center-back position, including his compatriot Marquinhos, who the club is planning to give a contract extension to. Presnel Kimpembe recently returned from injury and has put in a couple of great performances that led to him recently being called up to the France national team. Thilo Kehrer, Abdou Diallo, and Loïc Mbe Soh are all capable of filling in for Silva if he were to leave as well. Unfortunately for O Monstro, this season will likely be his last in the French capital.
If the two are to leave at the end of the season, I expect quite the send-off at their final game at the Parc des Princes. It will be an emotional day as both have given everything for the badge. So many PSG detractors claim players only come here for the money, but with Cavani and Silva, you definitely get a sense that they love PSG, Paris, and the fans. They will be missed but what they helped build will carry on long after their careers are over.
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