Chelsea defender Thiago Silva snaps at transfer question as wife reaffirms plans
Thiago Silva has revealed he will only leave Stamford Bridge this summer if he is no longer wanted by the club or Chelsea’s next manager. The Blues vice-captain penned a new one-year contract extension in February and has now publicly committed to staying for the entirety of his deal despite being intensely linked with a return to Brazil with Fluminense.
The former Paris Saint-Germain skipper endured another frustrating afternoon on Saturday as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge in another shaky team display that once again highlighted Chelsea’s defensive frailties.
But the 38-year-old veteran insists he’s committed to Chelsea’s turbulent project after snapping at repeated questions over his future.
He told ESPN Brazil: “It’s even boring for me [speculation]. I’ve renewed with Chelsea for two months, if I’m not mistaken.
“I’ve always fulfilled my contracts. I just won’t stay here if Chelsea don’t want me for next year or if the new coach arrives and doesn’t want me to stay.
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“I’m going to try to fulfil my contract that is signed until next year. Then, next year, we’ll see what we can really do.”
Silva’s wife Belle also took to Instagram after the game to confirm her husband would be remaining at Chelsea next season – pouring cold on suggestions they would be heading back to South America after 14 years in Europe.
She said in an animated video: “We, my family, my husband, my children and me, we are very, very happy here in London and Chelsea. My family and I are Blue and Chelsea and we will stay here! Go Blues!”
The Brazil international has once again been a mainstay at the back for the Blues this season featuring 25 times in the Premier League.
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Due to the nature of Chelsea’s ever-growing squad, Silva has had to play alongside a number of different centre-back partners this season under three different managers on multiple different systems.
Lampard has been utilising a back-four in the Premier League and has rotated the likes of Benoit Badiashile, Trevoh Chalobah, Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana.
The changes have not helped revive Chelsea’s fortunes and with Mauricio Pochettino now said to be on the verge of taking over this summer, the Argentine will have plenty to ponder upon arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking after Chelsea’s Champions League exit at the hands of Real Madrid, Silva made it clear he felt the club’s inflated squad could prove to be problematic for whoever takes over the reins at Stamford Bridge this summer.
“I think the first step has been made. An incorrect step, but it has been made,” Silva said of the recent drastic changes in west London following the return of Lampard.
“We can’t be blaming the managers if we don’t take responsibility. It’s a hard period for the club, with a lot of indecision. Change of ownership, new players arriving – we had to increase the size of the changing room because it didn’t fit the size of the squad.
“A positive point is that there are amazing players in the squad but on the other hand there are always players that are going to be unhappy. There is always going to be someone upset because not everyone can play. The manager can only pick 11 from a squad of 30-something – that’s tough.
“Some can’t make the squad, we signed eight in January, we need to stop and put a strategy in place otherwise next season we could make the same mistakes.”
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