Since arriving to Chelsea from PSG, the talented and world class Defender has been spectacular in his games at his new club; Chelsea. And there have been speculations by fans for his contract extension in Chelsea, since despite his age, Silva has been tactical and swift in his games and put in his best on every match he has played in.
According to football.london, Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva has been praised as “special” by former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand – and he certainly proved him right in the first half of the clash against West Ham.
Silva, 37, has come in for a lot of praise in recent weeks for his performances for the Blues, impressing many with his calmness at the back mixed with his passing range to pick out players from the defensive line.
He scored Chelsea’s opening goal against West Ham with a free header from a corner, hitting the ball into the ground to loop over Lukasz Fabianski. He then made an outstanding goal-line block to deny the Hammers equalising just seconds later.
The Brazil international joined in 2020 from PSG, where he played under current Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel. The Blues picked him up on a free transfer on a one-year deal, but shortly extended that by another year until summer 2022.
There are calls from some that he should get a contract extension, with ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole weighing in on the discussion on BT Sport before the game: “There is a lot of youthfulness, aggressive, fantastic players around him [Thiago Silva] and he has been a fantastic signing and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be given another year deal because he’s been outstanding the last few seasons.”
Rio Ferdinand also went on to analyse the defender, claiming he knew he was “special” when he faced him in a game: “We watched him [Thiago Silva] live against Leicester and he was wearing velvet slippers and he had a cigar in the 90 minutes, he was fabulous.
“He can play, I played against him when he was at AC Milan and I thought ‘Wow, this guy is gonna be absolutely special’ and here, normally you’d see a centre-half just play the ball out here, safe, maybe play it into the midfield there and just keep the ball ticking over.
“Not Thiago Silva, he sees the space behind the defenders, they’re pushing up too high and he gets his team up the pitch.
“Not only up the pitch, he gives his team an opportunity to get a goal here. You see this ends with a shot and a great save by Kasper Schmeichel. And this is what he does consistently.”
With the Brazilian’s contract up in the summer, we wait to see if he will stay past the end of the season at Stamford Bridge, where he is playing some of his best football so late into his career.
And after an impressive first half at the London Stadium following Ferdinand’s praise, it was no surprise to see the Brazilian prove a former fellow defender right.