Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns new acquisition Toni Silva says coming to
play for the Brazilians was not motivated by money, but to get his career back
The former Benfica and Liverpool youth development player
stated that his struggles in Europe in recent years also played a part in him
seeking a fresh start in the South African Premiership.
Silva admitted that people close to him questioned his
decision to leave Europe for Africa, but felt Sundowns deserves his services
after chasing him for the last two years.
The attacking midfielder caught the attention of Sundowns
playing for Guinea Bissau against Bafana Bafana two years ago in Durban.
Silva told Metro FM: "To be honest, if it was for money
I would be here. If it was for money I would not have come to South Africa.
"Its private when you sign your contract, you can't
tell people what you sign and what you are getting, but if it was for money I
wouldn't have come here.
"Even the agent who brought me showed that I have
offers from Egypt. A big offer that I could not believe, there is a lot of
money they offered me in Egypt.
"But the reason I came to South Africa is because
Sundowns have been trying to sign me from two years ago and also I speak the
language, but in Egypt I do not speak the language.
"To be honest, when people realised I'm going to sign
here, I had many messages from agents telling me, why do you go to Africa, if
you go to Africa you taking four steps backwards?
"The country is like Europe here. I like the condition
and like things that Sundowns have. They have things that somebody can improve
and become a good footballer. I decided to come to Africa to see if things will
work out because it did not work out in Europe at many countries."