Would Thiago Silva continue to play for Chelsea after this season? Here is his answer

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Thiago Silva signed for Chelsea as a 35-year-old, having left Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent.

The Brazilian is now 38, and is still a key player for Chelsea.

Silva’s contract expires at the end of the season, and it’s yet to be seen if the club would renew his deal when he’d be approaching 39 next year.

The veteran defender has said he isn’t thinking about a contract and would talk to the club when it’s time. According to Silva, he’d also consider his family before making a final decision.

“It is not the right time to talk about new contracts. For me, what is important is to continue playing at a high level and achieve the best results,” he said.

“There will come a time when we need to talk, that could be before the World Cup or after. I have to consider my family arrangements.

“I will have to decide what to do as this is an important decision. We will see what will happen.”

For Graham Potter, Silva still has the quality to play at a high level, and it’s up to him.

“I think the decision on how long he continues playing is Thiago’s,” Potter said.

“I’ve been here three or four weeks. I see his qualities. The level he can play at, the performance levels he can reach, the amount of respect he has throughout the game is just incredible.

“So all I can do is try and help him enjoy his football here, be part of a winning team, and then the rest of the stuff is something for him and the club to think about.”