'Have an issue': Tuchel admits there may be a problem with £105k-a-week Chelsea star going into next season

Thomas Tuchel’s warning about Thiago Silva is that the Chelsea defender may pose some problems going into next season.

Blues manager Tuchel has highlighted the 37-year-old centre-back continues to get older and age will eventually catch up with him.

Silva’s been one of the top performers in the squad at Stamford Bridge this season, delivering top standards in his 46 appearances across all competitions.

However, the Brazilian will be turning 38 in September.

Tuchel has made a light-hearted comment that the elite £105,000-a-week centre-half is not Benjamin Button.

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“We had a core in the back three and we even have an issue with Thiago Silva. He is not Benjamin Button. It seems like he is, but he’s not,” Tuchel said.

“He is getting older actually. it would have maybe been enough to find a natural replacement for this kind of position and keep everybody else. Suddenly we lose two, three, three-and a half players at the back and this is actually concerning.”

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Tuchel’s warning about Thiago Silva

Tuchel’s correct to raise the point about Silva’s age going into next year.

In fairness, he’s a superb professional that continues to shine in the Blues XI with his leadership, composure and experience in defending. Therefore, keeping him around the club next season is a no-brainer.

It does feel like as time goes on Tuchel will need to keep managing his minutes a little more carefully, though.

The main concern is the amount of defensive exits on the cards, and Chelsea don’t want to be in a position where they pin everything on veteran defender Silva starting every game next season.

Antonio Rudiger’s exit is confirmed. Andreas Christensen reportedly appears to be heading for Barcelona, too.

Let’s hope the Blues can find the right balance next year to get the very best out of Silva, who can still be absolutely vital when on the pitch.

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