• May 24, 2024
  • Last Update May 24, 2024 11:03 AM
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Thiago Silva says goodbye to Chelsea


By Peter Ochieng

Brazilian defender, Thiago Silva is on his way out of Chelsea. He will leave at the end of the 2023/2024 season, which is a few weeks away from conclusion.

The 39-year-old centre-back joined the Blues in 2020 as a free agent, after his contract with France Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) elapsed.

He said as quoted by the club’s official website:

“Chelsea means a lot to me. I came here with the intention of only staying for a year and it ended up being four years. Not just for me but for my family, too. My sons play for Chelsea so it’s 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 part of.”

Silva said he is looking foward to making a return to Chelsea in the future, albeit in a non-playing role.

“I think in 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’s an indescribable love. I can only say thank you.”

“Obviously, when I started here, it was during the pandemic so there wasn’t any fans in the stadium. But through social media, it became something very special to me and then when the 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. It is already hard saying goodbye in the most normal of circumstances but when there is a mutual love, it’s even harder.”

“But one a Blue, always a Blue. The way in which I came to the club, with the support of the club, I got to the club as a leader 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. I am grateful to him for that. Its been a dream, definitely a dream. 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,” he added.

Silva has made 151 appearances for Chelsea, winning the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in his four years at Stamford Bridge. He joined PSG in 2012 from Italian giants AC Milan.

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