Thiago Silva is ready to sign a fresh one-year contract to keep him at Chelsea until June 2023, UOL Esporte claims.
The 37-year-old joined the Blues on a free transfer last year following the expiry of his Paris Saint-Germain deal.
Silva has since been a key player for the London giants. He played his part in their recent Champions League triumph.
The defender’s current deal expires next summer, but he is now prepared to prolong his stay for another season.
The veteran is still a regular with the Brazilian national team, and he is keen to feature in the 2022 World Cup.
Silva believes he needs to be playing at the highest level to boost his selection prospects for the global tournament.
There were initially doubts whether Silva could adapt to the intensity of Premier League football. He had the worst possible debut against West Bromwich Albion.
However, he has not put a foot wrong since. The centre-back has been a regular starter when fit. In the current season, he has started in 11 of his 14 appearances.
Silva does not possess the same intensity from his peak years, but he is still among the best when it comes to decision-making in and around his own defence.
The switch to a three-man backline has also suited him. Silva has quite often played as the deepest among the three centre-backs, nullifying any counter-attacks.
It seems a no-brainer for the Blues to extend his stay for another year. They are eyeing a new centre-back, but that could be related to Antonio Rudiger’s future.
Rudiger has snubbed a new deal beyond next summer amid salary differences. There has been no resolution, and he could sign a pre-contract with a foreign club in January.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com.
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