Report: Thiago Silva's future remains unclear with Chelsea eyeing new centre-back
Thiago Silva’s future at Chelsea remains uncertain as Thomas Tuchel targets a list of Bundesliga centre-backs, according to Goal.
If Chelsea had to pick their player of the season now, the 36-year-old would certainly be one of the strongest contenders.
He has been ever-present since his arrival last summer, even after the managerial change.
With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, his future at Stamford Bridge remains unclear, however.
Goal claims Silva is keen to stay at Chelsea, with a one-year extension option in his current contract which could be triggered by both parties.
But Tuchel who previously described Silva as an “incredible guy” is reportedly yet to decide on the defender’s future.
Goal’s report mentioned that Chelsea are eyeing a list of centre-backs including Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule, David Alaba, and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano.
The pursuit of a new centre-back could reportedly see Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen whose contracts end in 2022 leave the club in the summer.
Silva previously spoke about his desire to renew his Chelsea contract back in November when Frank Lampard was still in charge.
But Tuchel’s reportedly being hesitant to make a quick decision is reasonable considering the defender’s age.
At this stage of his career, Silva is arguably at constant risks of injury and fitness problems, while there are younger centre-backs potentially available in the market next summer.
Obviously, Tuchel can extend Silva’s contract and still brings in a new centre-back in the transfer window.
Considering the German previously pleaded to the PSG board to keep Silva last summer, it would be surprising if he would let him leave now after a brief reunion at Chelsea.