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Thiago Silva lifts lid on new Chelsea contract

Veteran defender Thiago Silva has opened up about extending his stay at Chelsea as he enters the final ten months of his current deal.

Since moving to the London club on the Bosman rule in 2020, the former Paris Saint-Germain man has hardly put a foot wrong at the heart of the defence.

Silva made 46 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions last season, helping the club secure a third-place finish in the Premier League.

The Brazilian international, who turned 38 years old last month, was rewarded with a one-year contract extension back in January.

However, with his current deal set to expire in June 2023, Silva has lifted the lid on his contract situation and is keen to hold talks regarding his future as a Chelsea player.

“It is probably not the right time to talk about new contracts,” Silva said via The Athletic.

“What I can tell you is that the most important thing for me now is to continue playing at a high level and helping the team achieve the best possible results.

“For sure, there will be the time where we need to talk. It could be before the World Cup or after the World Cup.

“Of course, I need to know whether I will have a new contract with Chelsea, also for my family arrangements. It is not easy if I don’t have a new contract – I will have to decide what to do.

“I must involve my family. This is an important decision, and so we will see what will happen.”

Silva has started three of Chelsea’s four games under newly-appointed head coach Graham Potter — with last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers the only exception due to a cold.

However, having travelled to Italy with the squad ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League clash against AC Milan, the veteran defender is in line to make his 10th appearance of the season.

Speaking on Silva’s future, Potter said: “I think the decision is Thiago’s – I’ve only been here three, four weeks, but already I’ve seen his quality.

“He’s an incredible person and incredible player. The level he can play at and the amount of respect he has throughout the game is incredible.

“All I can do is help him reach the best levels he can at the club. And the rest is something for him and the club to think about.”

Chelsea face AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday. Silva will return to the San Siro, where he enjoyed an impressive three-year stint with the Rossoneri between 2009 and 2012.

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