Thiago Silva has cemented his place as a legend in the history of Chelsea Football Club despite being at club for just over two years. And at 38, Silva still continues to be a ‘Blue’ rock in the defense for the Londoners as they have found themselves in a difficult situation this season. The Chelsea defense has been suffering recently, and reinforcements have been brought in as well.
However, the Blues are also looking to keep the leader of their defense in good as well as bad times, Thiago Silva by handing him a contract extension. Chelsea had signed the then 36-year-old Brazilian on free transfer from PSG in the summer of 2020, and reaped the rewards of the gamble. Silva hasn’t allowed his age to take a toll over him and put on solid displays for the club, who are ready to keep him beyond this season, as per The Times.
Thiago Silva seen as a ‘role model’ for younger defenders at Chelsea
Thiago Silva’s duties at Chelsea lie behind more than commanding their defense. The veteran defender, who happens to be the oldest player in the squad has taken the young players, especially the defenders under his wings, fueling them with the right attitude and mentality. The Times claim Chelsea are impressed with Silva’s ‘ attitude and ability’, and hence see him as an integral part of their team building under new coach Graham Potter and owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.
And therefore, the club hierarchy, along with Potter in the same tune are ready to offer Thiago Silva a contract extension. His current deal expires at the end of the season, and Chelsea could repeat the formula they used when extending the centre-back’s last contract. Silva was rewarded with a one-year extension in January 2022 on his then deal which was due to expire in the summer.
Similarly, Chelsea are planning to extend the 113-cap Brazil international’s stay at Stamford Bridge by another 12 months beyond June this year. Although the club has brought in two French centre-backs Benoît Badiashile, 21, from Monaco for £32 million this month, and Wesley Fofana, 22, from Leicester City in a £71 million transfer in the summer, they consider Silva as a ‘perfect role model’ for the youngsters, adds The Times.
Thiago Silva is also happy with the club and his performances there, and it is understood that personal terms on a new deal won’t be an obstacle. The Silva family too is happy in London, with the defender’s outspoken wife often expressing her love for the capital city. If agreed an extension for the former PSG captain, it would keep him at the Bridge beyond his 39th birthday, a testament of his longevity.
Nonetheless, Silva has often stated that he would love to play until 40, be it in Europe or his native land Brazil. However, with no signs of slowing down, the defender is on course to enjoy his 12th season in Europe after turning 30. He has already won a Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup with Chelsea, but is yet to win a domestic trophy having lost the FA Cup and League Cup final last season. With chances of the Blues winning a trophy looking slim this season, Silva could look to add to his collection next season if he stays.