Thiago Silva signed for the Blues from PSG in 2020 for one year and extended it for another year some time during the season in which they won the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.
Fears among the Chelsea hierarchy and fan base of losing a player who has been key to the club’s successes in recent times have now been alleviated after the defender committed to one more season, stating that it is a “real pleasure to play for the Blues”.
Silva, who enjoyed great success at Paris Saint-Germain, claims to be enjoying some of the best moments of his stellar career in England with Chelsea, who he has played for 56 times since joining in 2020.
Chelsea pleased to be extending Silva’s contract, club director says
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said of Silva at his new contract signing: “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, a 102-time Brazil international, will prove a much needed boost for Thomas Tuchel, who was in danger of losing all of his key defenders in the summer.
Like Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and club captain Cesar “Dave” Azpilicueta have expiring contracts. Tuchel, who managed Silva in his last two years at PSG and was angered at the club’s decision to let him move to England, will be grateful to have the defender who he once fought to keep with him for another year.
Silva said at his new contract signing: “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.
“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.
“I am going to give everything to keep playing at this level in the most important league in the world.”