Chelsea’s Thiago Silva has reacted to the news that legendary football goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has signed a new contract with Parma.
Buffon, who’s now 44, is still playing in the Italian second-tier with Serie B club Parma.
He’s an icon of the game that started his senior career back in 1995 with Parma, but he’s most recognised for a 17-year stay with Juventus.
The veteran shot-stopper is still a regular starter, keeping eight clean sheets in 23 league appearances so far this season.
The Italian has now remarkably extended his contract with Parma to keep him at the club until 2024.
Buffon has celebrated the news of a fresh deal with a heartfelt message on Instagram.
Chelsea defender Silva, who spent time as Buffon’s teammate at Paris Saint-Germain, has reacted to the announcement.
Silva’s message translated in English reads: “You are a phenomenal friend of mine! Gianluigi Buffon I love you.”
Thiago Silva another golden oldie
The modern game means everyone’s attention is often focused on the next emerging star.
However, there are several players that prove experience can beat youth.
Aged 37, Silva is still performing as one of the very best centre-backs in the world. Rio Ferdinand has described it as “ridiculous” what he’s doing at his age.
Hopefully, his career can extend to his 40s like close friend Buffon.
There can’t have be many around Stamford Bridge that genuinely thought Silva would become such a pivotal player for them after joining in 2020.
It may have ended in defeat for Chelsea in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool, but Silva came up with yet another defensive masterclass against some of the very best attackers around.
The young players in the Blues dressing room are so fortunate to have his knowledge to lean on. Likewise, the Parma dressing room must feel like they’re living in a dream by playing and learning alongside Buffon.
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