Date:12th October 2022 at 2:03pm
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For Thiago Silva, the time to ponder a new deal at Chelsea will come, although the Brazilian is unsure as to whether that conversation will occur before or after the upcoming World Cup.

What’s the word?

That is according to an update shared by Fabrizio Romano via Twitter, with the 38-year-old speaking on his current contract situation at Stamford Bridge prior to last night’s Champions League clash against AC Milan.

As relayed by Romano, the veteran defender said: “The time will come to talk, it could be time before/after the World Cup. I need to decide my contract for my family arrangements, it’s not easy. We will see what will happen.”

Silva still a core figure for Chelsea

Whilst Silva remains coy over his contract situation as things stand, Chelsea fans must be hopeful of securing the services of the Brazilian for an extended period, with his current deal expiring next June.

At 38 years of age, the £110k-per-week centre-back has adapted surprisingly quickly to the fast and physical nature of the Premier League.

Silva has embedded himself as a core presence in the backline and is integral not just in defence but for Chelsea’s attacking prospects too, with his expertise in building out from the back and hitting astute long balls a huge asset for the west Londoners.

The Brazilian has demonstrated his progressive nature even more so under Graham Potter and currently has two assists to show for his seven Premier League appearances this season. That  is the same total as Declan Rice, with defender Silva achieving these returns in two games fewer than the West Ham midfielder, having started all but one game for the Blues domestically.

The former Paris Saint-Germain captain has already stated quite recently that he wants to play until he is 40, so Chelsea may be looking him to that when talks commence.

Having featured in both Champions League wins against his former club Milan, Silva was once again at the heart of proceedings, winning 80% of his duels and hitting 11 accurate long balls out of 13 at a success rate of 85%.

On that evidence, he clearly still has a lot to offer at Stamford Bridge, so hopefully his time at the club isn’t nearing its end just yet.