Todd Boehly’s Chelsea reportedly have no plans to extend Thiago Silva’s stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer, putting Mauricio Pochettino in a tricky situation. The defender has been a stellar servant to the Blues, and the club will seek to maintain harmony in the dressing room by parting ways on good terms.
Silva was already into his late-thirties by the time he joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in 2020. Now approaching 150 appearances, as well as his 40th birthday, the veteran defender is the only senior Blues star with a contract expiring in June.
According to The Guardian, Boehly and co don’t plan to offer him an extension. Silva’s experience has been invaluable at the back over the past three-and-a-half seasons, but his lack of pace has occasionally left them exposed in recent weeks.
While it seems inevitable the former AC Milan centre-back will be axed at the end of the campaign, Pochettino is tasked with managing the situation carefully to avoid backlash from the dressing room.
Silva’s popularity behind the scenes is highlighted by reports indicating that some of his team-mates were angry when he was overlooked for the captaincy at the start of Pochettino’s reign. Reece James, 24, was given the armband instead, with Ben Chilwell or Conor Gallagher taking it in his absence.
Chelsea stars who have spent the past few years playing alongside Silva will therefore deem it crucial the Brazilian’s stint at Stamford Bridge ends in the right way, and that his exit is handled respectfully.
Silva, 39, remains an important member of Pochettino’s squad, having started all bar two of Chelsea’s Premier League matches this season. But there have been signs of tension between the Brazilian international and his boss.
A number of fiery conversations during matches were followed up by Silva’s wife, Belle, calling for ‘change’ on social media after the Blues were thrashed at home to Wolves earlier this month.