Thiago Silva has signed a one-year extension on his current Chelsea contract.
The Brazilian defender will stay in west London until the end of the 2022/23 season.
The 37-year-old defender joined Chelsea in August 2020 as a free agent after being released by Paris Saint Germain earlier that summer.
He went on to win the Champions League in a see-saw debut season.
Under Thomas Tuchel, Silva has become a regular starter for Chelsea.
He has made 56 appearances for the Blues, scoring four goals and making two assists.
Silva said: “To play here with Chelsea is a real pleasure.
“I never thought I would play for three years here in this great club, so I’m very happy to stay for another season.”
Silva recently earned his 100th cap for Brazil and will be hoping to be a part of the Selecao set-up for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
One down, three to go for Chelsea
Silva’s extension will be a relief for the Blues fans.
They have several players in the final few months of their contracts.
Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, German centre-back Antonio Rudiger, and Danish defender Andreas Christensen have less than six months left on their current deals,
Sky Sports has reported that Rudiger’s representatives have opened talks with Bayern Munich, Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for a potential free transfer in the summer.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has reported that Azpilicueta is unhappy with the one-year extension offer that has been tabled.
Di Marzio says that Azpilicueta wants a two-year extension and is currently considering his options, with Barcelona interested in him.
He further reported that Barcelona and AC Milan are interested in signing Christensen on a free transfer.
With the January transfer window open, these players are free to negotiate a pre-contract with non-Premier League clubs.
It seems Chelsea have plenty to figure out in the upcoming weeks.
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