For Adrien Silva, the loan to AS Monaco from Leicester City was meant to be the one that would help him move away from the King Power Stadium and rekindle his career elsewhere.

The Portuguese never quite managed to fully break through with the Foxes, which led to the temporary deal put in place this season, where he has thrived and enjoyed a good run of games.

However, with many changes taking place behind the scenes at the principality club, the midfielder was told the Ligue 1 side wouldn’t be counting on him going forward, meaning he now has to return to Leicester and find out what his fate his.

With one year left on his contract with the English club, he will likely be sold so as to recoup some money, but he is still a bit in the unknown for now.

Speaking to France Football, he said: “I’m in a bit of a better situation than other players. It’s a positive point, but what’s recently happened proves to me once again that nothing is ever done in football. At least not until things have been put on paper.”

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Not so subtly referring to AS Monaco’s change of mind, he continued: “Monaco had expressed the desire to keep me as a key member of their next squad. That’s what the board had told me, at least, but during the pandemic, the club told me of their decision change. It’s something that…. surprised me.

“It surprised me because I adapted very well to Monaco, and I think I helped them at a time where the club was in great, great difficulty. When I arrived, they were second to last! I took that risk because I wanted to play again and team up with Jardim again. It worked immediately with everyone and I would have liked to continue here.”

Silva was then asked if he could explain why this all happened, but he couldn’t, guessing that maybe ‘the project had changed’, and admitted he was left ‘bewildered’ at the situation he now finds himself in.

He explained: “There’s not just one club in the world, so I will move onto something else, but I was attached to the people here, I felt good, and when a player is good in his head, things work well. I would have therefore liked to continue like that.”

The midfielder had made 25 appearances in all competitions with Monaco this season, and picked up two assists along the way.