Thiago Silva Makes a Direct Admission About His Future With Chelsea
The 39-year-old has previously indicated a desire to return to his original club Fluminense, but after ultimately electing to stay at Stamford Bridge last summer, Silva insists he will remain mute this time:
“This is a long-standing relationship, right? But I’d rather keep quiet at the moment, because it’s been controversial in the recent past. I have a family, I have children. So we have to think about that too. It’s about seeing where to finish off this beautiful career.”
The prevailing consensus is that Silva will return to Brazil at some point, although it is unclear whether it will be at the end of this season or later.
The contract of the center-half expires in June. His latest renewal was in February, and fans may have to wait until the same time next year to find out if he will run again.
Silva’s form has been criticised
With the Brazilian international approaching 40, there are hints that he is losing the battle against ageing. There have been a few underwhelming performances in recent weeks, with many praising his effort against Nottingham Forest in particular.
Silva’s expertise, on the other hand, is vital, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be exceedingly hesitant to lose him if he decides to go.
Which other Chelsea players’ contracts expire next year?
The existing contracts of reserve goalie Lucas Bergstrom and, more importantly, Ian Maatsen are slated to expire next summer. In the last transfer window, the Dutchman rejected down a permanent move to Burnley in order to battle for a spot at Chelsea.
However, if he refuses to sign an extension, the Blues will be compelled to sell him in the new year.