Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has revealed how he came close to signing for Barcelona last summer, reports Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old Brazilian international moved to Parc des Princes in July, leaving AC Milan for an estimated €42million.
And, as Silva prepares to line-up against Barcelona in PSG's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash in Paris this evening, he explains how he could have been turning out for the opposition, had talks between his representatives and the Spanish giants turned out differently.
"Last summer Barca had contact with my agent, it is the club where every player wants to play one day," he told French newspaper L'Equipe. "As a kid I dreamt too, but it never materialised.
"When Barcelona came last summer I was already in talks with PSG. I had even given my word to Leonardo that if I would leave Milan, it would be to sign at Paris."
The South American stopper has taken some time to settle in to Parisien life, but now feels entirely comfortable in Carlo Ancelotti's side.
With PSG currently sitting seven points clear at the top of the Ligue 1 table, and looking to book their place in the last four of Europe's elite club competition, Silva will be hoping to look back on a successful debut season in the French capital.
"For two months I came to training sessions with some kind of sadness," he added. "Then, I got back trust and I felt the atmosphere in the group was improving.
"I feel much better in my life nowadays. Now I am very happy here. Even if football is unpredictable, I have big desire to plan long-term future at PSG."