Thiago Silva signs a one-year extension at Chelsea to give Thomas Tuchel a huge boost amid fears of a defensive exodus as the veteran Brazilian insists it is ‘a real pleasure’ to play for the Blues
- Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has signed a one-year extension with the club
- The Blues are facing a player exodus at the back with four stars deals expiring
- Rudiger, Christensen and Azpilicueta are in danger of leaving on free transfers
- But Silva has committed for another year and said it was ‘a pleasure to be here’
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has committed his future to Chelsea by signing a new one-year deal to stay at the club through the 2022-23 campaign.
Brazil international Silva joined the Blues from Paris St Germain during the summer of 2020, and has made 56 appearances.
The veteran centre-back has gone on to win the Champions League trophy and has impressed many by bringing calmness and experience to the Blues’ back line – and the 37-year-old said he was enjoying turning out for the club.
Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has penned a new one-year extension with the west Londoners
He has committed to boost the club’s ranks in defence amid fears of a player exodus next term
‘To play here with Chelsea is a real pleasure. I never thought I would play for three years here in this great club, so I’m very happy to stay for another season,’ Silva said on the Chelsea website.
‘I will continue to give everything for this club and for the supporters, who have always been by my side since I arrived.
‘It’s amazing to have this relationship with the fans and not only that but the players, staff and the whole club.
Silva enjoyed a memorable moment in the summer as he won the Champions League trophy
‘I am going to give everything to keep playing at this level in the most important league in the world.’
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘Thiago Silva’s experience, leadership and performances have been and remain very important to this squad, so we are hugely pleased to extend his contract by another year.
‘We look forward to his continued influence as we seek honours this season and next, and more of the qualities that have led to him having such a big impact for us on and off the pitch.’
Silva might be edging towards his forties but is still a trusted member of Tuchel’s squad
Silva – who has racked up 102 caps for Brazil – started his professional career way back in 2002 in his home country before later joining AC Milan in 2009.
He played 199 times for the Rossoneri and then linked up with PSG – becoming captain and featuring 315 times, playing under Tuchel for two and a half seasons.
The German wanted Silva to stay at the Parc des Princes and was angered when he was released on a free to Chelsea at the start of the 2020-21 season.
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