Thiago Silva has urged Chelsea to consider a new contract before the end of the year as he looks to define his future with the club.
The player, whose contract expires next summer, wants to know whether he will remain at Chelsea either before or after the World Cup so he can make family-related plans.
Given his advanced years and the demands of the Premier League, there were initial concerns about the Brazilian international’s lifespan when the Blues signed him in 2020.
Chelsea have received a warning from Thiago Silva that the clock is ticking on their contract negotiations.
The 38-year-old veteran of Brazil’s national team wants to know his future within the next few months as his contract is set to expire next summer.
“I can tell you that what is crucial is to keep playing at a high level and support the team in getting the best results,” Silva stated.
“I need to know whether I will have a new deal with Chelsea for my family arrangements, so there will undoubtedly be a point when we need to speak. That time may be before the World Cup or after the World Cup.
I’ll have to make a decision if I don’t have a new contract. My family must make a significant choice here.We’ll have to wait and see.”
When facing his former team in the Champions League on Tuesday, Silva, who spent three years at AC Milan as a player, thinks it would be an extremely “emotional” return.
He even made the suggestion that he could like to return in the future as a coach.
On Monday, he stated, “This isn’t the case here right now since I have already built my history at AC Milan.
If this could have happened, it ought to have done so prior to my joining Chelsea.
But who knows what will happen in the future? I don’t know. Then, we’ll need to think. Being at Chelsea, a very large club with excellent professionals, makes me very delighted.
We’ll have to wait and see, but perhaps I’ll return as the coach. Who knows? I am thrilled and glad to be back here after an absence of 11 or 12 years.
I was reminded of all the pleasant experiences I’ve had here, and I expect that tomorrow will bring even greater excitement and movement. There will be a lot of emotions, so I’ll need to be mentally tough and determined to win.”
At a news conference on Monday before the match against Milan, Potter made the claim that Silva will decide his own destiny because of the degree of respect he enjoys within the team.
In response, Silva said he was eager to speak with the concerned parties as quickly as possible during the same media session.