Chelsea defender Thiago Silva admits he ‘dreams’ of return to Fluminense and winning the Copa Libertadores… while the 36-year-old insists he wants to replicate AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and play into his 40s!
- Thiago Silva’s deal at Chelsea expires at the end of the season but he can extend
- The 36-year-old defender has been a regular in the team since arriving from PSG
- But the Brazilian admits he does at times ‘dream’ of a return to his homeland
- Silva also says he is inspired AC Milan legend Paolo Maldini and his longevity
Thiago Silva says he does indeed ‘dream’ of a return to Brazilian club Fluminense and winning the Copa Libertadores as he approaches the latter years of his career.
Before moving to Europe with AC Milan in 2009, Silva played at the top-tier Brazilian club for three years, making 143 appearances and winning the Copa do Brasil.
As the former Brazil captain comes up to 12 years of playing in Europe, first with Milan, then with PSG and now with Chelsea, the 36-year-old did not sugarcoat the fact that he is keen on a return to his homeland – his contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of this season, though he does a one-year option to extend.
Thiago Silva admits he ‘dreams’ of a return to Fluminense with his Chelsea deal expiring soon
Silva left Fluminense in 2009 to move to AC Milan (pictured with compatriot Ronaldinho)
‘If I told you that I don’t think about it, I’d be lying to you,’ Silva told TNT Sports when quizzed on a possible return to Fluminense.
‘It’s something that I think about, I already talked a few times with my wife. When you have a long career in Europe, your children grow up in Europe, this decision is difficult.
‘I do have this dream of returning to wear the shirt of Fluminense, everyone knows my desire. But it’s something I prefer to leave in the future to see how things are going to happen.
‘It’s a difficult decision to be made, but I’m really thinking with great affection and suddenly I have this Libertadores mission again.’
Silva joined Chelsea from PSG last summer and was reunited with Thomas Tuchel this week
When Silva moved to Milan in 2009, he was coming in to act as a replacement of sorts for club legend Paolo Maldini, who was retiring that year at the age of 40 following a trophy-laden 25-year career at the San Siro.
Though the pair never played together, Silva admits to being inspired by Maldini to play as long as he can, with the age of 40 a milestone he wants to reach.
‘Those last six months of his career were the six months when I had arrived at Milan and couldn’t play,’ Silva recalled.
Silva admits he is inspired by Paolo Maldini, who played into his 40s at centre back for Milan
‘I identified a lot with Paulo and in this little interaction that I had with him, I could see that suddenly I was preparing well and could reach 40 years of age playing wherever I wanted, you know.
‘And Paulo, for sure, he’s certainly somebody that I greatly admired, a mirror so that I can reach these 40 years, which is the age I have in my head that maybe I could end my career.’
Silva was reunited with his former coach at PSG Thomas Tuchel this week, after the German took over from Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
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