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Brazilian defender, Thiago Silva, has extended his contract at Chelsea for a further year meaning he will now remain at Stamford Bridge until 2024. The 38-year-old first signed for Chelsea in 2020 when Frank Lampard was manager and he has racked up over 100 appearances for the club in two and a half seasons with the Blues.
Silva has played under three managers during his time at the club but has managed to be one of the club’s most consistent performers under each one. It is, therefore, no surprise that he has been offered an extension even at the age of 38.
He has been a regular since Graham Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea with his reading and understanding of the game arguably better than anyone else in the league. He also adds leadership and stability to a team that has lacked both this campaign.
Speaking after signing his new contract, the ex-PSG man said that he was “honestly so happy to continue” his career with the Blues. He added:
“When I signed my first contract here, it was to do just one year. Now it is already the fourth! I could not have imagined that, but really it is a very special moment for me to sign and stay at Chelsea.”
“A world-class talent”
Despite splashing the cash on various players since taking ownership of the club last year, Todd Boehly has made getting Thiago Silva tied down to another contract a priority. This shows just how highly rated the Brazilian still is, even if his career is nearing the end.
Speaking after the defender signed his new deal, Boehly said:
“We’re delighted that Thiago has decided to continue with Chelsea. He’s a world-class talent, as he’s proven over many years for club and country, and his experience, quality and leadership skills are vital to our vision going forward.”
We’re thrilled he has extended his contract with us and we look forward to more success with him ahead.”
Thiago Silva has signed a new contract to continue at Chelsea for a further year! 😁 pic.twitter.com/plFSNsqcUN
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 10, 2023
Getting Silva tied up for another 18 months could also be a sign that Boehly is going to be a little more restrained with his spending in the summer transfer window. Last month, he spent a whopping £300m on new players as he looks to transform the fortunes of the club.
In wake of his shopping spree, UEFA has had to alter its financial fair play rules meaning the Blues may struggle to replicate this level of spending in the summer.
Looking for more silverware
Thiago Silva has enjoyed an exceptionally fruitful career, winning trophies everywhere he has been. Although he will have been disappointed to have missed out on World Cup glory this winter with Brazil, he will still have aspirations of adding more silverware at club level before his career ends.
The best moment of his career arguably came in a Chelsea shirt when he lifted the Champions League trophy in 2021. With the Blues still in the competition this year, he will be dreaming of doing that once again in May. Failing that, he will have his eyes set on pushing Chelsea closer to the Premier League title next season.