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Chelsea star Thiago Silva feels “really happy” at the club and is looking forward to helping get the Blues back to their best.
The centre-back revealed his happiness at Stamford Bridge after being voted by his teammates as Chelsea’s Players’ Player of the Season for 2022/23.
That honour comes after Blues fans voted him Chelsea Player of the Season, with Silva picking up the award from Frank Lampard ahead of the final match of the Premier League campaign against Newcastle on Sunday.
He is just one of a few players who can hold their heads high at Chelsea after a hugely frustrating and disappointing season for the Premier League giants.
Chelsea defender happy at Stamford Bridge
At 38, the Brazilian has shown immense stamina and fitness to remain in such good shape to pick up the awards.
He made a very impressive 35 appearances in all competitions this season, and continues to be a fan favourite thanks to his important displays at the back.
“My relationship with the Chelsea supporters is hard to put into words,” said Silva, as quoted by the official Chelsea website. “It was love at first sight. I feel really happy here.
“It’s not easy to come to a new club with not much time on your contract at the beginning and be applauded from the beginning, shown so much love.
“It just goes to show how successful my career has been – I’m really proud to be at Chelsea and I just want them to continue to be successful.”
Silva grateful for Chelsea support
Silva is even more delighted with his relationship with the Chelsea fans given what they have been put through this season, with three different managers not able to put things right at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard have all now come and gone in the space of a matter of months, with none of the bosses able to stamp down any sort of authority on proceedings.
Mauricio Pochettino is now the latest in a long line of managers to step into the Stamford Bridge dugout, with the former Tottenham and PSG boss not going to have it easy at a club with plenty of issues.
Of course, he has been forced to deal with problems in Paris and in North London, but perhaps even those spells would have been welcomed compared to the mess going on in North London.
Chelsea were extremely passive in this season’s Premier League, with the Blues winning just 11 of their 38 matches. They also drew 11 games, as well as losing 16 times, resulting in a miserable 12th-place finish in the table.
“It feels particularly amazing when they are able to applaud us knowing that the situation is not great, but not fully understanding because they can’t imagine what we’re going through,” added Silva.
“So it’s important that we show our gratitude for that. Things obviously haven’t happened the way we wanted them to this season.
“It’s the hardest season I can remember having and it’s been really tough for me this year. I’m just thinking about looking forward towards a better future.”
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