The English FA has given its full backing to Leicester City, asking FIFA to authorise Adrien Silva’s International Transfer Certificate (ITC).
Leicester City have submitted an appeal to FIFA to overturn their decision, and though there is no response yet, it seems there is some activity and that a conclusion could be reached soon.
A FIFA Spokesperson has confirmed that the FA is indeed involved in the matter now. He said:
"“The FA has requested the International Transfer Certificate (ITC) be authorised.”"
Craig Shakespeare talked about the issue earlier today as well, addressing the frustration of the fans as well as Adrien Silva over his current situation, while he also admitted that he himself isn’t too happy. He said:
"“He is okay. He has his little moments of course. ‘Coach can I come outside?’ he asks. Just look through the window, I say.“It is keeping him in and around it but we also know that legally we have to do what is right as well.“I am a bit like everyone else and reading the FA are backing us.“I think we are letting the process take its course but every day I ask how long is the process? No-one can give me an answer because it is such a unique situation.“I want the player and I am asking can he train? Is it 24 hours, a week, two weeks?“So my frustration is the same as everyone else’s, the supporters, the club and the player. We are waiting to be told. So far I have no indication of a time frame.“It can impact on my planning. I can go and have a chat with Adrien in the gym and find out how he is.”"
Shakespeare had also hoped to see Silva being called up to the Portugal squad to face Andorra and Switzerland; however, the UEFA Euro 2016 champions later confirmed that he hasn’t been selected, further adding to the former Sporting Lisbon star’s misery.
Shall Leicester City fail to get a decision in their favour, it would mean that the 28-year old would have to watch from the stands up until January, which is when the East Midlanders can simply submit the papers and officially announce their £25 million signing.
His absence may well prove tough to handle, though, as Leicester City’s midfield problems continue to burgeon. Drinkwater already gone, they don’t have that driving force in the middle of the park anymore.
It’s clear that Matty James and Wilfred Ndidi aren’t the answer, and Vicente Iborra alongside the latter won’t create much either, even if he does strengthen the side.