Ronaldo Can Continue For Another Five Years – Adrien Silva

In an exclusive interview with GOAL, the ex-Portugal international discusses his compatriot’s incredible longevity and nearly joining Chelsea at 15.

Adrien Silva would be forgiven for wanting to avoid talking about Leicester City’s Europa Conference League semi-final with Roma.

After all, nothing really went right for him at the King Power Stadium, his £22 million ($27.5m) transfer from Sporting C.P. seemingly doomed from the start.

The deal was completed on August 31, 2017, but FIFA did not receive the requisite paperwork until 14 seconds after the close of the summer window.

Chaos ensued, as Leicester tried desperately to secure permission to play Silva.

FIFA rebuffed their attempts, though, and the Foxes reluctantly decided that taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport would be futile, meaning the Portugal international was not cleared to make his debut until January 2, 2018.

By that stage, the manager who had signed Silva, Craig Shakespeare, had been sacked and replaced by Claude Puel.

The midfielder’s Leicester career was effectively over before it had even begun.

“The new manager didn’t like the player I was, and that’s just a fact,” Silva explains in an exclusive interview with GOAL. “When I did get a chance to play, I proved I could be a good option for the team, but the manager was the only person that didn’t agree with that.

“But, sometimes, in football, the coach doesn’t trust in you, or you have injuries – different kinds of problems can lead to these difficult moments.

“But when you have something like the registration delay, things that, as a player, you can’t control, it’s very frustrating because it can change everything.”

Still, it says much about Silva’s character, and indeed his sense of humour, that when he was finally registered, he deliberately chose the No.14 jersey as an ironic tribute to his deadline-day disappointment.

In that context, it is perhaps unsurprising, then, that Silva is actually more than happy to look back on his time at Leicester, and forward to Thursday’s meeting with Roma.

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