• Thiago Silva has left PSG to join Chelsea on a one-year free transfer deal
  • Silva's agent revealed that PSG's Leonardo tried to make a last-gasp offer to keep the Brazilian defender
  • PSG coach Thomas Tuchel wanted Silva to stay in the French capital

Paris Saint-Germain wanted to convince Thiago Silva to stay but it turned out to be too little, too late as the Brazilian defender had already agreed to sign with Chelsea.

Silva, who completed his departure from PSG following their Champions League final setback against Bayern, got an eleventh-hour offer from the French giants to convince him to stay, according to his agent, Paulo Tonietto.

But having already sealed a deal with the Blues, the 35-year-old was forced to turn down the last-gasp pitch.

"He had given up hope (on a new contract offer) because (sporting director) Leonardo told him two months ago that he did not want to extend it," Tonietto told L'Equipe, via Goal. "But last Tuesday, Leonardo called Thiago and raised the possibility that he would stay another year.

"Thiago had already reached an agreement with Chelsea, there was no turning back. When you make such a proposal, you have to be convinced. A sporting director who tells a player he doesn't want him anymore, and two months later wants to extend it, how do you take that?"

Tonietto pointed out that Leonardo and PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has never been on the page with regards to Silva’s future with the French capital. He revealed that Tuchel has always been open about his desire to keep the top-caliber center back, in contrast to Leonardo, whose sudden change of mind has left the Brazil international puzzled.

"In a club, the sporting director and the coach have to walk together. This was not the case," Tonietto added. "Tuchel always wanted to keep Thiago. Leonardo was the one who didn't want to, and he's the one with the power.

"That's why, even if he hadn't signed with Chelsea, Thiago couldn't see how he could have accepted Leonardo's proposal given what he had told him two months earlier. It would have been humiliating.

"We never talked about money or the length of the contract. Never. Leonardo just said he wasn't counting on him anymore. Nothing more."

Silva has signed a one-year deal with Chelsea on a free transfer with the Blues having the option of a further 12 months.

"I am so happy to be joining Chelsea," Silva said, per ESPN. "I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard's exciting squad for next season and I'm here to challenge for honors.

"See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon."

Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva Getty Images | FRANCK FIFE/AFP