Absa Premiership

Silva: Sundowns' persistence convinced me to sign

2018-07-04 13:15
Toni Silva (Gallo)

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.


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