Mikael Silvestre

Mikael Silvestre

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Mikael Silvestre

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Mikaël Samy Silvestre (born 9 August 1977) is a French international footballer. He plays as defender and is currently signed with Werder Bremen of the Bundesliga. He has also played for the French national team. Silvestre is adept as both a centre-back and a left-back, though he has stated that he prefers playing in the centre.

Club career

Early career

Born in Chambray-lès-Tours, Silvestre started playing football in the Tours area, in the Loire Valley, where his father Franck, originally from Guadeloupe, was an amateur player. Silvestre was then drafted by the Rennes Football Academy in Brittany and began his league career with the French club in the 1995–96 season. His time at the club helped build his reputation, and in the 1997–98 season was signed by Internazionale. He made 18 league appearances for Inter, as well as six European Cup games.

Manchester United

Silvestre signed for Manchester United on 10 September 1999 for £4 million. He made his debut against Liverpool at Anfield in 1999. His first season at Manchester United was not exceptional replacing an injured Ronny Johnsen in the centre with Jaap Stam; he appeared to struggle initially to adapt to the English league. By the 2001–02 season, however, Silvestre had established himself in defence ahead of the veteran Denis Irwin, and was proving to be adept both in defence and getting forward. He set up numerous goals for Ruud van Nistelrooy,...
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