Since arriving on a free transfer in 2020, Thiago Silva has helped stabilise Chelsea’s defence and helped them win a Champions League in the process.
Not everyone believed the signing under then-manager Frank Lampard was a smart one given Silva’s age and the belief he wouldn’t be able to adapt to the speed of the Premier League.
But the Brazilian proved everyone wrong and quickly became a mainstay under Thomas Tuchel in the Chelsea backline.
Following the Champions League win over Manchester City, Silva signed a one-year contract extension which runs out at the end of the season.
With the club top of the league and Silva’s performances at the back a key part to that, here’s everything you need to know about his future at Stamford Bridge.
Heading back to Brazil?
Having left Fluminese in 2009, Thiago Silva said in an interview in January that he may return to the club.
The time spent in Europe in Italy, France and now England had the 37-year-old saying that it’s been difficult on his family and a move back home with the Brazilian giants would be a “dream.”
Speaking to TNT Sports he said: “When you have a long career in Europe, your children grow up in Europe, this decision is difficult.”
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Age doesn’t matter
Silva turned 37 in September and is approaching retirement.
But with no signs of slowing down, Tuchel has said that the defender’s age won’t play a factor in whether or not he gets a new contract.
“That he is a top professional is a given because otherwise it would not be possible that he plays on that kind of level for so, so many years,” Tuchel said in September. “But age does not play a role.”
Continuing to impress
Despite his age, Silva continues to impress under Tuchel at the heart of Chelsea’s backline. He has made nine Premier League appearances so far this term – and has scored once – including another solid showing in the 3-0 win over Leicester last time out.
With contract decisions yet to be made on Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta, centre-back will be an area of high priority for Tuchel to sort out before the close season.