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‘To play here is a real pleasure’: Thiago Silva signs contract to stay at Chelsea | Chelsea

Thiago Silva has eased Chelsea’s defensive concerns after signing a one-year contract extension. Thomas Tuchel is facing the prospect of having to reshape his defence in the summer, with César Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rüdiger out of contract. Chelsea are yet to agree extensions with the trio but there has never been any prospect of Silva leaving on a free.

Tuchel values Silva’s leadership and will be happy to have the 37-year-old for another season. The Brazil centre-back, who has impressed since joining on a free from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2020, helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season and hopes to go to the World Cup this year.

“To play here with Chelsea is a real pleasure,” Silva told the club’s website. “I never thought I would play for three years here in this great club so I’m very happy to stay for another season. I will continue to give everything for this club and for the supporters, who have always been by my side since I arrived.

“It’s amazing to have this relationship with the fans and not only that but the players, staff and the whole club. I’m going to give everything to keep playing at this level in the most important league in the world.”

Chelsea are aware that Azpilicueta, Christensen and Rüdiger can negotiate pre-contract agreements with foreign clubs now. Real Madrid are leading the race to sign Rüdiger, who is not satisfied with Chelsea’s offer of £140,000 a week. The Germany centre-back is also of interest to Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG.

Tuchel recently revealed frustration at the uncertainty over Christensen, who has twice changed his mind after agreeing new deals. Barcelona are interested in Azpilicueta but it is understood that the captain will stay if given a suitable offer.

Chelsea have mounting injury problems before the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Wednesday. Trevoh Chalobah went off with a hamstring injury during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool and is awaiting the results of a scan.

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