Thiago Silva is reportedly set for talks over a new contract at Stamford Bridge following the World Cup after he admitted to feeling as good as ever ahead of the tournament showpiece.
The Brazilian, who joined Chelsea as a free agent in 2020 from PSG, and has become a stalwart at Stamford Bridge despite his advancing years. Now, he has claimed that he sill feels as good as ever as he looks to bring home the World Cup with the Selecao.
“I am now enjoying the best version of Thiago Silva,” the defender told the media ahead of his side’s Group G clash with Serbia. “I think now, at my age, I am living the best moments of my career. I also have other personal fulfilments, I have a beautiful family that is a great support to me.”
The defender has previously spoken about the need to clarify his future ahead of the end of the season, with his current deal set to expire in 2023. Chelsea saw two centre backs leave for free last summer, but Silva is not yet worried about where he will be playing his football next season.
“For sure, there will be a time when we need to talk,” the 38-year-old explained ahead of Chelsea’s 2-0 win at San Siro in the Champions League. “I need to know whether I will have a new contract with Chelsea for my family arrangements. If I don’t have a new contract, I will have to decide what to do. For my family, it’s an important decision. We will see what happens.”
As per Football.London, “talks over Silva’s future at Chelsea are expected to take place after the World Cup”, with the Blues perhaps in need of his vast experience despite having a host of central defenders to call upon, having signed all of Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella in the summer.
Silva lavishes praise on Arsenal duo
The Chelsea defender was also quizzed on his Arsenal compatriots, Gabriel’s Jesus and Martinelli, and spoke about them in glowing terms despite having fallen foul to a 1-0 defeat against them last month in the Premier League.
“You can see the connection they’ve had this season with Arsenal - it’s a big reason why they’re top of the Premier League. Jesus, we’ve known about his quality for a long time, Martinelli is really showing what he’s about.”
The trio will be hoping that their return to action is delayed until the New Year following a successful run in the World Cup, where Silva’s experience could prove vital.