There have been reports that Thiago Silva wants to return to his ‘motherland’ Brazil. However, after winning Chelsea’s Player of the Year award for the 2022-23 season, Silva wrote a message to fans saying “see you next season”.
Silva is a veteran Brazilian defender. He’s not the biggest of guys at 5’11”, but he has a good mix of stats for a defender. His pace, football intelligence, and steadiness in the back allow him to cover a lot of ground, and his resilience and leaping ability allow him to fight for possession.
His first attempt at Europe ended in failure, but he hit his stride when he moved to AC Milan in 2009. Making the leap to the first team in his first year with the club, making 33 league appearances, Silva was a constant presence in the defense for three seasons.
His performances earned him a move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for the 2012-13 season. This was the peak of Silva’s career. A consistent 20+ game starter every season, Silva was a huge influence in and out of the locker room and helped bring together a group of very distinctive PSG players. During this time, he developed into a world-class center back and was ranked in FIFA’s best 11.
Then, in 2020, at the ripe old age of 36, Silva decided to seek a new challenge. His contract with PSG ended, he became a free agent and headed to England, a country he 먹튀검증 had never played in before. At an age when he should have been considering retirement, no one expected Silva to perform as well as he did, but he became one of Chelsea’s most reliable defenders. He helped the Blues win the UEFA Champions League (UCL) in 2020-21 and has been steady ever since. In February, he even triggered a one-year option to extend his contract until 2024.
However, rumors of a move have surfaced. “Silva wants to end his contract with Chelsea at the end of the season,” British publication The Mirror quoted Brazilian publication Globo Esporte as saying. He regrets extending his contract with Chelsea and wants to return to his hometown club Fluminense,” the Mirror reported. While no specific reasons have been given, it’s likely that Chelsea’s internal situation, which has been one of the most tumultuous this season, has played a role.
In the midst of this, Chelsea fans have praised Silva’s performance. “Silva has been voted Chelsea Fans’ Player of the Year,” the club announced on its official channel. He received an overwhelming 61% of the fan vote,” the club announced on its official channel.
Silva has made 27 league appearances this season, scoring two assists, and has been one of the few bright spots in a floundering Chelsea side. On being named Player of the Year, Silva said, “Obviously, this season was not the result we wanted, but I want to thank everyone for their absolute support and love. See you next season!” he concluded.