‘Not in doubt’ – Chelsea defender to sign new deal until 2023

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is set to sign a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2023, according to reports.

The centre-back had stellar spells at AC Milan and PSG between 2009 and 2020. In this time, he won the Serie A once and he lifted the Ligue 1 title on seven separate occasions.

Silva made the move to the Premier League last year as he joined Chelsea. He signed a one-year deal and this included an option for a further year.

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Some doubted whether the 37-year-old could cope with the demands of English football. But he captained Chelsea for most of last season and he impressed from his 34 appearances.

The Blues took up the option to keep Silva for a second year after he helped them win the Champions League.

The Brazillian has already featured 20 times across all competitions this season. His current contract is due to expire in 2022.

Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed via Twitter that Silva’s future at Chelsea is “not in doubt”. He is set to stay at the club until 2023.

Romano added that Real Madrid are still “pushing” to sign Antonio Rudiger. The German – along with Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta – is also out of contract in 2022.

Elsewhere, Chelsea loan manager Carlo Cudicini has revealed that there has been a lot of interest in Conor Gallagher:

“What’s important for Conor is to finish the season where he is. That’s why we’ve not put anything in place to recall him next month. It’s the same with Billy Gilmour,” Cudicini said.

“I’ve said this many times in the past. But a loan isn’t necessarily only successful if you’re playing every single minute.

“Sometimes, especially at that age, you learn just as much when you’re not in the team.

“I think back to Conor last season at West Bromwich Albion where he had a difficult moment when the manager Slaven Bilic was replaced by Sam Allardyce.

“Conor missed a few games under Allardyce and I had to talk with him and remind him that he should take this as a positive moment, because he’s learning how to deal with these types of situations and managerial changes.

“You hope to play every minute of every game, but there will be a time where you spend some time on the bench, so why not start to deal with that part of the game now?

“With a player as talented as Conor, you’re always going to receive a lot of interest from a number of clubs, both from England and abroad.

“It was just a matter of understanding what the manager wants from him. Then it’s about picking the right club – and we feel Crystal Palace is exactly that.”

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