Serginho, now Milan's Brazil scout, told MilanNews.it: "Thiago is a player who has tremendous significance. I wish him well and I hope he can have the same career that Baresi and Maldini enjoyed at Milan.
"He is a champion. We know that he is highly sought by teams but he is very important for Milan, his family is very happy in Milan.
"Of course, it is difficult, at this difficult time from the economic point of view, to reject the offers that are made, but now he knows what to do and I think that he will stay a long time here."