Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva is now planning for his departure from the club after criticism over his leadership
The Brazil international is contracted at the French capital until 2020, after completing a €42m transfer from AC Milan in the summer of 2012.
In nearly six years at PSG, Silva has played an integral part of their 16 titles with club having won the Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue five times.
“It is impossible not to hear some of the criticism,” Silva told Le Foot Paris (via AS).
“However, no newspaper, nor journalist, is going to tell me who I am. I know who I am. Because of this, I continue as I always have done.
“I respect all opinions, but when you are attacked personally, it starts to get hard. I am especially sad when it impacts my family and my loved ones. However, when you wear the PSG shirt, you always have a responsibility.”
In the meantime, the veteran defender intends to continue doing his best for the team.
“I must continue to work hard to help my team-mates,” said Silva.
“Competition always exists in football.
“All things said, I am 33. I have two years left on my contract and after that, I will hand over to somebody else.”
After sealing the Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue titles, Silva and PSG will now turn their focus to Coupe de France final on May 8 against third division side Les Herbiers.