Chelsea trigger Thiago Silva's one-year contract extension as Marina Granovskaia hails 36-year-old as 'world class'

THIAGO SILVA has agreed a contract extension keeping him at Chelsea for another season.

The Blues triggered the new year-long deal clause for their veteran centre-back just hours after Champions League-winning boss Thomas Tuchel signed on until 2024.

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Silva joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer last year.

Convinced by Frank Lampard to move to London, Silva made an immediate impact in the Blues' back line.

However, deployed at the heart of a three-man defence under Tuchel, Silva went to another level.

And his stunning efforts at the age of 36 helped Chelsea land their second Champions League trophy last weekend.

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The Blues have now triggered the automatic one-year extension in Silva's deal that he penned in August 2020.

Chelsea transfer guru Marina Granovskaia admits everyone at the club is delighted that 'world-class' Silva is staying put.

And she hopes the centre-back builds on his 34 Chelsea appearances so the club can land even more silverware next season.

Granovskaia said: "When we brought Thiago Silva in last summer, we knew we were adding a world-class player to the squad.

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"Thiago has duly shown everyone at Chelsea his immense quality throughout this season, and he has had a huge influence on and off the pitch for us.

"We said when he signed that we hoped Thiago would add new trophies to his impressive list of honours, and he has done just that with our success in the Champions League this weekend.

"We now hope that he carries on in exactly the same fashion in the coming year."

Silva's deal came on the same day boss Tuchel had his original 18-month contract upgraded with improved terms until 2024.

The German tactician said: "I cannot imagine a better occasion for a contract renewal. I am grateful for the experience and very happy to stay part of the Chelsea family.

"There is far more to come and we are looking forward to our next steps with ambition and much anticipation."

Granovskaia added: “When Thomas joined us in January, there was still so much to play for domestically and in Europe. 

“He slotted in seamlessly and immediately became an integral part of the Chelsea family.

“Returning us to the top four in the Premier League was crucial, and we could not be happier with our success in the Champions League, which crowned a remarkable season at Chelsea."

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