AC Milan-owned Andre Silva has been in fine form for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2020. - © Getty Images
AC Milan-owned Andre Silva has been in fine form for Eintracht Frankfurt in 2020. - © Getty Images
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Andre Silva sees "many reasons to stay" with Eintracht Frankfurt

Andre Silva joined Eintracht Frankfurt on a two-year loan deal at the start of this season, with Ante Rebic moving in the opposite direction, and having settled in well at the Commerzbank Arena he sees no reason to rush back.

Frankfurt had to restructure their attack at the start of the 2019/20 campaign. While Rebic joined Milan, his attacking partners in crime, Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller, left for Real Madrid and West Ham United respectively.

Silva was drafted in alongside Bas Dost, who signed from Sporting Lisbon. With Portuguese compatriot Goncalo Paciencia already on Die Adler's books, competition for a place up front remained fierce, however.

Watch: Paciencia and Silva, Porto youth products reunited in Frankfurt

His eight goals and three assists in all competitions have come in at a rate of one every 148 minutes, and Silva was enjoying a significant upturn in his attacking output before the coronavirus-enforced interruption in play, with seven of those goal involvements coming since the turn of the year.

"Sure, I was in top form lately," he told Bild. "But at a time like this, when everyone is fighting against a virus, I can't just look at myself. Human safety is the only things that matters."

Frankfurt have made a cautious return to training, with comprehensive distancing measures considered, as well as regular testing, ahead of the Bundesliga restart which is scheduled to take place behind closed doors from 30 April at the earliest.

"At the moment, training's great for a striker because we shoot a lot on goal," Silva continued. "But football thrives on contact, on duels, and I miss that."

Portugal international Silva has played in four different countries since 2017 - in his homeland with Porto, Italy with Milan and Spain with Sevilla before arriving in Germany - and he would like the chance to settle where he is once things return to normal.

"The people at the club have treated me great," he said. "I like the city, the fans, the Bundesliga. So there are many reasons to stay."