According to The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg, Chelsea are not planning to extend Thiago Silva’s contract beyond the summer when it expires.
Silva, 39, has been a mainstay in the heart of Chelsea’s defense this season, making 28 appearances across competitions and scoring three goals since joining the club from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020.
As one of the few players in the squad with extensive experience in top-level European football, Silva brings invaluable balance to the team amid Chelsea’s focus on recruiting young talents in recent years.
Despite his consistent performances, the club has decided against offering him a new deal beyond the current season, which is set to conclude in 2023-24.
With Mauricio Pochettino having a pool of young center-backs like Wesley Fofana, Axel Disasi, Benoit Badiashile, Levi Colwill, and Trevor Chalobah, the aging Silva may be seen as surplus to requirements.
Throughout his illustrious career, Silva has represented European giants such as AC Milan and PSG, amassing 145 appearances for Chelsea and winning three major trophies: the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, and the FIFA Club World Cup.