Football: Adrien Silva finally free to make Leicester bow after transfer holdup

Portugal's midfielder Adrien Silva during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup third place football match between Portugal and Mexico at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 2, 2017.
Portugal's midfielder Adrien Silva during the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup third place football match between Portugal and Mexico at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on July 2, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva says he tried to remain positive during a long saga which came to a happy end on Monday (Jan 1) as he completed his move to Premier League side Leicester.

The 28-year-old - capped 20 times and a member of the Portugal side that won Euro 2016 - has had to wait four months to complete the £22 million (S$39.6 million) transfer from Sporting Lisbon.

The France-born midfielder had been in a state of limbo since his original transfer was not accepted because the paperwork was 14 seconds past the deadline in August and an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport failed.

"When you have a period like this, it's very up and down," Silva told Leicester's in-house television station.

"You have to keep a positive mentality and that's what I've tried to do. I've kept my mind focused on my job and what I love to do."

Silva, who will have to sit out the Foxes match with Huddersfield Town on Monday because his registration was not completed in time, said he had been keeping fit despite not having played all season.

"It's been very frustrating, but now the difficult times are past me and I'm very happy to be close to my goal," he said.

"I've been working hard every day to arrive at this moment and I'm in good shape.

"It's been very important to keep training because it's a long time not playing. There is nothing better than the game."