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Chelsea Defender On The Radar Of Brazilian Club: Should Tuchel Keep Hold Of Him?

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Jack O’Brien
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According to Transfermarketweb, Fluminense are eyeing a move for Thiago Silva. The Brazilian outfit are keen on bringing the experienced defender back to his youth club for a free transfer next season. Silva’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expires after the end of the season, making him available as a free agent next summer.

Thiago Silva’s Current Role At Chelsea

Thiago Silva enjoyed a successful debut campaign at Chelsea last season, securing the Champions League and becoming a defensive lynchpin for Thomas Tuchel’s side that managed to snatch a top-four finish in the Premier League.

However, Silva’s role has now drastically changed in the new season. While the player has remained a first-team regular for Chelsea, Tuchel has used him wisely and has often opted to rotate the backline.

The Brazilian’s primary role in the team has shifted drastically, with the 37-year-old now mentoring the young, emerging academy players and young defenders alike.

Nevertheless, Silva’s partnership alongside the likes of Antonio Rudiger, Cesar Azpilicueta and Andreas Christensen have been crucial in helping Chelsea emerge as the strongest defensive team in the division so far.

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MANAUS, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 14: Thiago Silva of Brazil reacts to fans prior to a match between Brazil and Uruguay as part of South American Qualifiers for Qatar 2022 at Arena Amazonia on October 14, 2021 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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Can Thomas Tuchel Keep Hold Of Him?

It would be a difficult task for Chelsea to keep hold of Thiago Silva next summer. The veteran was expected to leave Stamford Bridge earlier in the summer but opted to extend his contract, owing to his first season success in England.

However, extending for another year appears to be unlikely as the defender will be well aware of his diminishing role in the team. The former PSG superstar can always look to land a coaching job, but it appears that he will be keen on continuing his football career for a few more years before hanging up his boots.

A return to Fluminense, in that regard, could make a whole lot of sense. The Brazilian outfit used to be the youth club for the defender during the early stages of his career. In fact, Silva had made 80 competitive appearances for Fluminense, significantly more than the 43 he has managed for Chelsea so far.

Chelsea, therefore, will need to brace themselves for the departure of the 37-year-old next season. Fortunately for Tuchel, it won’t faze his team that much due to the strong depth, particularly with both Malang Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah making a solid impression this season.

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