Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel makes Thiago Silva contract decision as Blues weigh up new deal

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Chelsea are hoping to extend Thiago Silva’s contract with new boss Thomas Tuchel keen on keeping hold of the veteran defender until the end of next season, according to reports. The 36-year-old joined the Blues on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain during the summer, and has impressed at the back during his short spell in west London.

Silva is currently sidelined with a muscular injury and will miss Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash with second-placed Manchester United, but gained plaudits earlier in the season for his composure in defence and ability to distribute the ball calmly.

The Brazil international initially penned a one-year deal with Chelsea, but the Blues have the option to extend his stay by another season.

Tuchel is eager to keep Silva at Stamford Bridge to aid next season’s renewed Premier League title bid, with the club’s hierarchy willing to open talks with the player and his agent in the coming weeks, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

It is claimed that the German boss sees the defender as having strong leadership qualities that could be crucial in the search for silverware, with a final decision from all parties expected ‘soon’.

Silva spent two seasons playing under Tuchel’s guidance at PSG, a spell that culminated in the French heavyweights reaching the Champions League final for the first time last season.

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He played the entire 90 minutes in Lisbon but could not prevent Bayern Munich from claiming the prestigious trophy thanks to a second-half goal from winger Kingsley Coman.

Silva previously revealed that he was overjoyed when Tuchel was announced as Frank Lampard’s successor, claiming that their working relationship was very strong while in the French capital.

“When managers have changed before, the incoming coach has never been someone I’ve already worked with, who I already have such a good relationship with,” Silva told Chelsea’s official website earlier this month.

“I had two unbelievable years with Thomas Tuchel in Paris, including getting to the final of the Champions League. 

“That was a really great year for everyone at PSG. So it’s a special moment for me with his arrival here.

“Before it’s always been new managers who I’ve not worked with before. So I’m left with mixed feelings.

“You still feel sad to see the manager leave, there’s no way around that. Sadness for one, happiness for the other.”

Chelsea’s willingness to extend Silva’s deal could potentially stem from their fading hopes of signing Bayern stalwart David Alaba on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The versatile Austrian defender had been linked with the Blues for some time as speculation grew surrounding his future, but now looks set to seal his dream switch to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Reports earlier this month have claimed that Chelsea could still hijack the move but would need to submit a lucrative offer that would leave Alaba unable to refuse the opportunity to join the club.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s match against United, Tuchel confirmed that Silva would not be available but suggested that he could be in line for a return to full training as early as next week.

“No more injury concerns [in the rest of the squad] and no, Thiago cannot play on Sunday,” the Chelsea boss told reporters on Friday.

“He did an individual session today but a session on the pitch and felt it was a big progress, a big step ahead for him. So I hope he will join the group next week.”

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