Earlier this season, Thiago Silva was very outspoken in his criticism of Chelsea’s leadership. He is now pushing to leave Chelsea and return to his old team.
It has been reported that Thiago Silva aims to leave Chelsea and return to his native Brazil this summer. Since moving to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2020, Silva has been a vital team member.
The 38-year-old has been a pillar of the central defense, and in February, he received a one-year contract extension. Silva regrets his decision to devote his future to the club because of the turbulent events at Stamford Bridge this season.
Globo Esporte claims that Silva is eager to break his contract with Chelsea at the end of the current campaign to rejoin his old team Fluminense.
Real Madrid legend Marcelo recently joined the Rio de Janeiro team, now second in Brazil’s Serie A. Silva is close friends with Marcelo and has been persuaded to play one more season at home before calling it a career by the left-back.
Marcelo isn’t the only one who supports the notion; ex-striker Fred and club president Mario Bittencourt favor his going back to Fluminense.
Silva began his professional career at Fluminense, where he played from 2007 to 2009, before moving on to AC Milan and PSG. The club gave him an honorary No. 3 shirt last year, and it’s fascinating to note that the shirt is currently vacant.
The seasoned center-back has participated in 32 games for Chelsea this year but hasn’t been able to stop their terrible season, which has left them in 11th place in the Premier League.
On the pitch, he is a strong voice and hasn’t held back when questioning the club’s off-field strategy too.
Since co-owner Todd Boehly joined Chelsea last year, they have spent £600 million on players, but without much result. Silva spoke his opinion after Real Madrid eliminated them from the Champions League.
“I think the first step has been made,” he said. “An incorrect step, but it has been made. We can’t be blaming the managers if we don’t take responsibility. It’s a hard period for the club, with a lot of indecision.
“Change of ownership, new players arriving – we had to increase the size of the changing room because it didn’t fit the size of the squad. A positive point is that there are amazing players in the squad but on the other hand there are always players that are going to be unhappy.
“There is always going to be someone upset because not everyone can play. The manager can only pick 11 from a squad of 30-something – that’s tough. Some can’t make the squad, we signed eight in January, we need to stop and put a strategy in place otherwise next season we could make the same mistakes.”