Chelsea are prepared to commit Thiago Silva to a new contract until June 2023.
The 37-year-old has been a key figure at the heart of the defence for the Blues. He has been their best-performing centre-back alongside Antonio Rudiger, and the club are now prepared to prolong his stay.
The Brazilian’s current deal expires next summer, but the hierarchy and Thomas Tuchel are ‘super happy’ to keep him at the club for the next two seasons, according to reputed journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Silva also loves life in west London, and it appears only a ‘matter of time’ before he puts pen-to-paper on a renewal.
Football Today verdict:
Silva started his Blues career in a disappointing fashion. His defensive blunder gifted West Bromwich Albion with the second goal in a 3-3 Premier League draw away from home.
His performance led to suggestions that he may struggle to adapt to the Premier League at his age, but he has proved his critics wrong with several stand-out displays since.
The veteran star is presently one of the first names on the teamsheet amid his consistent showing. He recently scored and made a goalline clearance against West Ham United.
It appears a no-brainer to keep him until the summer of 2023. The Blues are likely to recruit a new centre-back over the summer with the likely free transfer exit of Rudiger.
Keeping Silva beyond this season could avoid the prospect of signing two central defenders in the same transfer window. They can buy time to find his suitable successor.
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