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Chelsea Ready To Offer This Experienced Defender A New Contract: Right Call By Tuchel?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano mentioned that Chelsea are ready to offer Thiago Silva a new contract with his current deal at Stamford Bridge set to expire next summer. It is understood that the Blues are planning to tie the Brazilian defender down to a fresh contract that will see him remain at the West London club until the summer of 2023.

Silva’s Excellent Form At Stamford Bridge This Season

Silva is having a terrific season with the Blues and has been responsible for producing a series of dominant displays at the centre of Chelsea’s backline. The 37-year-old has made 18 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s team during this campaign, scoring two goals and grabbing two assists in all competitions.

The Rio de Janeiro-born talent has given a good account of himself on the defensive end of the field as he is averaging 1.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions and 3.3 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He has even taken care of the ball when distributing possession out from the back after completing 90.2% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

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Chelsea Planning To Tie Silva Down To A New Contract: Did Tuchel Make The Right Call?

Silva can use his vast experience to often deal with the danger inside his half. He remains a solid tackler of the ball and can make some important interceptions for his team. The veteran centre-back can organise his backline quite well when defending the opposition set-pieces. Silva has also won a lot of trophies during his long and illustrious career, so he could help get the best out of his teammates when they need him the most.

A defender of Silva’s experience and winning mindset is well worth keeping hold of as he has shown no signs of slowing down this season. Thomas Tuchel‘s current formation is built around the Brazilian’s defensive expertise.

Thus, it seems like the Chelsea boss has made the right call with regards to Silva as he is currently one of the first names in the German head coach’s teamsheet. Offering Silva a year’s extension seems like a good move for both the player and the West London club as they look to win even more trophies together over the next 18 months.

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