The 38-year-old Chelsea defender, Thiago Silva, has disclosed that he intends to remain in London for a while. This, he said was important in order to keep an eye on the progress of both of his sons, who are both currently enrolled in the Chelsea youth ranks.
Without experienced defender Silva, Chelsea’s 2022–23 Premier League point total would have likely been even lower as the team struggled mightily. In spite of a difficult year, the Brazilian center defender, who was named Chelsea’s player of the season as the season came to a conclusion, insists he is still having fun at Stamford Bridge.
After clinching his honor, Silva spoke with Chelsea’s official website and said, “The club is incredibly important to us all; it’s a shared passion. For instance, when my wife rides the subway to a game, people recognize her and start singing my name to her when she exits the train! That merely demonstrates the affection they have for us and our love for them.
“My wife visits London frequently—far more frequently than I do—and she clearly enjoys the city because, in her words, it’s incredibly hospitable. We are gradually beginning to identify more with Londoners. Everyone in the family has developed feelings for Chelsea. Both of my boys, Isago and Iago, are Chelsea players. We will be staying here for two years because Isago has extended his contract here for the upcoming two seasons. We just hope it’s more! he said”
However, Silva acknowledged the challenges the Blues have encountered this year, saying: “Obviously, things haven’t turned out the way we intended them to this season. It’s been a pretty difficult season for me this year—the hardest I can recall it being. I’m just considering looking ahead to a better future.”
The defender has made it clear that he wants to remain in London, and Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival may help him make that decision. Silva criticized the club’s management following their Champions League elimination in April, but now that a manager with a clear vision has been hired, he will hope to play for a revitalized Blues team in 2023–24.