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Thiago Silva confirms his departure from Chelsea

By Real11 - Apr 29 2024 85 Views
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Thiago Silva set to part ways with the Blues


Thiago Silva has confirmed he will leave the Blues at the end of the season but said he will someday return to the club in “another role”. 

The 39 year old’s contract was due to expire this summer and he was rumoured to return to his native Brazil, with Fluminense among the interested clubs apart from a move to Major League Soccer or AC Milan in the Serie A. 

Silva joined the Blues on a free transfer in August 2020 and to date has made 151 appearances, clinching the Champions League, the Fifa Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. 

Silva took to social media to announce his decision to depart the club. In a heartfelt message, Silva said: “Chelsea means a lot to me, I came here with the intention of staying for only one year and it ended up being four years, not just for me but for my family too.

"My sons play for Chelsea so it is a source of great pride to be a part of the Chelsea family literally because my sons are here. I hope they can continue their careers here at this victorious club that many players wish to be a part of. I think everything I did here over the four years, I always gave my all but unfortunately everything has a start, a middle and an end.

"That doesn't mean that this is a definitive end. I hope to leave the door open so that in the near future I can return albeit in another role here. But it is an indescribable love. I can only say thank you."

Silva went on to reflect on his time at Stamford Bridge, which commenced under Frank Lampard before he was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January 2021. Graham Potter succeeded Tuchel as the head coach in September 2022 but was eventually replaced by Lampard this time in an interim role inside just 7 months. Mauricio Pochettino was appointed the head coach last summer and he has been at the helm ever since. 

Obviously when I started here it was during the pandemic so there weren't any fans in the stadium but through social media it became something very special to me and then when fans started coming back to the stadium and life was getting back to normal, I started to feel a lot of affection and respect for my story and for my start here," Silva said.

"So it is already hard saying goodbye in the most normal of circumstances but when there is a mutual love, it is even harder. But once a Blue, always a Blue.

"The way in which I came into the club, with the support of the club I got to the club as a leader of the club even though I didn't feel like it having arrived as the new guy. It's always difficult to integrate but bit by bit I became part of the group and Frank Lampard played a big part in that. So I am grateful to him for that.

"Not even in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I could achieve such great things and win one of the best professional titles, the Champions League, at one of the biggest clubs in the world.

"Goodbyes are for those that leave and don't come back. I intend on coming back one day."

Silva is fighting a groin injury with scan results set to decide whether he will be available for any of the club’s remaining five Premier League fixtures before his exit.  

        

 

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