But when Chelsea made contact, Silva was immediately enticed by the offer, although he did run the move by his fellow countryman and former Blues winger Willian before putting pen to paper.
In an interview with Football Focus, Silva said: “As soon as the Champions League was over, I spoke to Willian.
“He spoke very highly of Chelsea to me, he said, 'Go, you'll be really happy, the people there are great.'"
On his battling debut at West Brom, he said of the 3-3 draw: "There are days when unfortunately hard work doesn't pay off the way we expected. I am upset, but I take responsibility for the mistake I made, as I always did. As difficult as it may be, we have to get over this and move on.
"I want to thank my teammates and the entire staff for their continuous support since I joined Chelsea FC. I am really grateful of that support.
"I promise to all of you that I will give everything I have on the pitch, putting all my energy and commitment into the games to come."