Chelsea and Thiago Silva have a full agreement over a one-year extension for the Brazilian defender that will see him prolong his stay at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2024.

In a piece of delightful news for the Blues faithful, key veteran defender Thiago Silva has reportedly agreed to put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the summer of 2024, with him and his family settled in the English capital, according to a report from 90min.

The 38-year-old, who nets a £110,000-a-week wage packet, sees his current contract run out at the end of the season, but Todd Boehly and Co. seem to have decided to keep him around for another year. A new deal will take him beyond his 39th birthday, making him the oldest active current player in the Premier League along the way.

A serial winner at AC Milan and PSG and certainly one of, if not, the best defenders of the last decade, many assumed that Silva would be past his best and be a mercenary when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2020, but he has proven to be just as good as ever.

He helped the Blues win the Champions League in 2021 and has racked up over 100 appearances for the west London outfit to date, as he continues to prove to the footballing world that he is still a world-class defender despite being just eight months shy of his 39th birthday.

To suggest the Brazilian is ageing like a fine wine would be an understatement. He has been a rock at the back for the Blues during a time of upheaval and is arguably their most consistent performer this season.

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And whilst over £100 million was spent on defenders Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen last summer, with Benoit Badiashile also joining the defensive rearguard from AS Monaco this month, Silva remains a mainstay in the starting lineup and has missed just two league matches this season.

With Chelsea experiencing a dismal season as of yet, he more often than not emerges as Chelsea’s standout player on the pitch thanks to his commanding displays. The Brazilian is highly regarded by people inside the club, with new boss Graham Potter determined not to lose his defensive prowess, discipline, leadership, and experience.

In fact, a recent Times report says the Blues view him as an important member of their first-team plans and the ideal role model for big-money centre-back additions as the club’s hierarchy attempts to build a team for the future.

With no sign of Silva slowing down in the foreseeable future, many would agree that he looks set to continue competing at the very highest level until the age of at least 40.

Comments 2

  1. Isaac Ile says:

    That’s a beautiful decision.
    We love you Silva. You’re our play maker, a supposed captain. Lead us well.

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