Cape Town - Toni Silva has revealed that Mamelodi Sundowns' repeated
efforts for his signature convinced him to join the South African champions and
leave Europe behind.
The Guinea-Bissau winger, who in the early days of his
career was on the books of first Chelsea and then Liverpool, has linked up with
Pitso Mosimane's side after leaving Greek club Levadiakos.
Silva, 24, struggled to find a long-term home in Europe, but
one constant was Mamelodi Sundowns' relentless pursuit of his signature.
"I did have offers and interest, to be honest. But I
decided to come to South Africa just to try different things, on a different
continent also," Silva told KickOff.
"I was raised in Europe for most of my life, I lived
there for about 17 or 18 years, and now I decided to come to Sundowns because
this was not the first time they tried to sign me - they've been trying to sign
me since two years ago.
"So, because they didn't stop and kept banging, banging
[on the door] and I finally decided to take the offer, now I'm here."
Having played with the likes of Suso, Raheem Sterling and
Jonjo Shelvey while coming through the ranks at Liverpool, Silva has no
shortage of experience.
He will be looking to put it to good use and help Sundowns
retain their Premiership title under Pitso Mosimane.