Chelsea set to hand contract extension to 38-year-old centre-back

    Thiago Silva wants to keep playing until he turns 40 (Picture: Getty)
    Thiago Silva wants to keep playing until he turns 40 (Picture: Getty)

    Chelsea are set to hand a contract extension to 38-year-old centre-back Thiago Silva, according to reports.

    Silva, who turns 39 in September, has made 105 appearances for the Blues since he arrived at the club in 2020 from French club Paris Saint-Germain and is believed to be keen to keep playing until he turns 40.

    The Brazil international – who has 113 caps – has appeared in 18 of Chelsea’s 20 Premier League games this term with the west London club 10th in the table.

    Chelsea boss Graham Potter, who replaced Thomas Tuchel in September, is said to be impressed with Silva and wants him to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge with the player’s current deal set to expire in the summer.

    According to The Times, Potter views Silva as the perfect role model as the club’s hierarchy attempt to build a team for the future.

    Chelsea have spent £468.6m on players since owner Todd Boehly took control from Roman Abramovich in the summer.

    Chelsea confirmed the arrival of Noni Madueke in a £35m deal from PSV on Friday, with the winger becoming the club’s sixth signing in January.

    The Blues have already brought in Mykhailo Mudryk for £88.5m, Benoit Badiashile for £35m while David Datro Fofana and Andrey Santos were signed for undisclosed fees and Joao Felix arrived on loan from Atletico Madrid.

    Chelsea are currently 10 points off the Premier League top four and return to action on February 3 as they host Fulham in a west London derby.

    The Blues then face West Ham before a Champions League showdown with Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 on February 15.

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