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Chelsea extend Thiago Silva’s contract

The 38-year-old centre-back has committed for another season with Graham Potter’s side.

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Thiago Silva has signed a one-year extension with Chelsea in a deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2023-24 season. The Blues rejuvenated their squad during the January transfer window, bringing in Enzo Fernández, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Benoît Badiashile - all relatively young players.

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Of the seven permanent first-team additions to have arrived at Stamford Bridge over the last month, only Mudryk is aged over 21. João Félix, at 23, is the oldest player to have come in during Chelsea’s spending spree, although he is only joined on a six-month loan deal from Atlético Madrid.

Another year at the Bridge

On Friday, the club confirmed that they had finalised an agreement with 38-year-old Silva, one of the most experienced members of the first team squad. The former AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain centre-back would have been a free agent at the end of the season, but will now stay on for another year.

I am honestly so happy to continue my career with the Blues,” Silva told Chelsea’s official website. “When I signed my first contract here, it was to just do one year. Now it is already the fourth! I could not have imagined that, but really it is a very special moment for me to sign and stay at Chelsea.”

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali added: “We’re delighted that Thiago has decided to continue with Chelsea. He’s a world-class talent, as he’s proven over many years for club and country, and his experience, quality and leadership skills are vital to our vision going forward. We’re thrilled he has extended his contract with us, and we look forward to more success with him ahead.”

Silva, who has played a total of 74 Premier League games since joining Chelsea from PSG in 2020, has won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time in west London. At the moment however, the Blues are enduring a disappointing campaign and need a major turnaround in fortunes if they are to secure European football next season. Potter’s team have won just two of their last 12 league games and sit ninth, 10 points adrift of the Champions League places, ahead of Saturday’s trip to West Ham.


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