05/01/2022; 3:52 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Thiago Silva signed for the Blues from PSG in 2020 for one year and extended it for another year some time during the season in which they won the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.
Fears among the Chelsea hierarchy and fan base of losing a player who has been key to the club's successes in recent times have now been alleviated after the defender committed to one more season, stating that it is a "real pleasure to play for the Blues".
Silva, who enjoyed great success at Paris Saint-Germain, claims to be enjoying some of the best moments of his stellar career in England with Chelsea, who he has played for 56 times since joining in 2020.
While Chelsea could yet be losing one of their key defenders in Rudiger, the latest decision by Silva will surely warm the hearts of Blues faithful.
As per the club’s website, Chelseactor Marina Granovskaia hailed Silva's performances, leadership qualities and experience, saying that the Brazilian is invaluable to the squad for these qualities and that the club was happy to be extending his contract.
Granovskaia also echoed many Chelsea fan sentiments as she hopes that Silva will play a key role as the club continues to seek more honours in this season and in the next when the defender's new contract will be up.
Silva, a 102-time Brazil international, will prove a much-needed boost for Thomas Tuchel, who was in danger of losing all of his key defenders in the summer.
Like Silva, Andreas Christensen, Antonio Rudiger and club captain Cesar "Dave" Azpilicueta have expiring contracts. Tuchel, who managed Silva in his last two years at PSG and was angered at the club's decision to let him move to England, will be grateful to have the defender who he once fought to keep with him for another year.
Silva said at his new contract signing that he never thought he would be at Chelsea for three years, judging from his single season commitment when he first joined the club and is now very happy to be extending his stay at Stamford Bridge.
He thanked the fans for welcoming him and his family, and thanked the club staff for making his transition into English football smooth.
He described his relationship with everyone at Chelsea as "amazing" and promised to give his all to maintain his current level and help Chelsea win more titles in the coming season.