AC Milan legend Franco Baresi admits he's a big fan of Thiago Silva.

Baresi has described the Brazilian as his "heir".

"I hope he is my heir," he told Folha de Sao Paulo. "I would like him to stay at Milan for several years. He's a player who has proven he has great qualities and that he is important for the future of Milan.

"It's difficult to identify where he can still improve. He has already proven to have everything."