'I would love to': Chelsea defender now says he wants to become a PL manager

Thiago Silva has revealed his ambitions about one day becoming a Premier League manager once he retires.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the Chelsea defender mapped out his post-playing plan, which involved potentially coaching in England.

Silva is certainly nearing the stage of a footballer’s career where they must start to think about life away from kicking and heading for a job.

Some jump into punditry, others stay close to the field by earning their coaching badges, and several just move away from the sport entirely.

Thiago’s time is almost up

For the veteran Brazilian, it would seem barmy for him to step aside so soon after lacing up his boots one final time.

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He is a pupil of the profession, educated in the school of excellence that’s helped his longevity at the elite level.

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The 37-year-old will play at least one more season with Chelsea, having been offered a one-year contract extension earlier in the campaign.

After that, Silva has plans to return to Fluminense, the club where it all began.

Ending such a wonderful journey in his homeland seems like a very fitting end to what’s been a terrific story.

Whilst it’s still got a few chapters to go, the last page is just a few flicks away now.

But what will the next book be like for the centre-back?

Coaching in England is top of Silva’s list

“I’ve always thought I just want to stay in football and if I do, then it will be as a coach because I don’t see myself as a sporting director or in a role further removed from the pitch,” said Silva.

“I’ve worked with really great coaches in my career and I’ve learned an awful lot – people like (Thomas) Tuchel, Tite with the national team, Carlo Ancelotti.

“These are the guys who have been very, very present in my career.

“So if I can take a little bit from all of them, then that would be what I would like to do.

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“And, obviously, I would love to coach in England as well. It’s a country where I feel really at home and it would be an incredible opportunity to coach here too.”

Imagine seeing Silva sitting in the dugout of a Premier League club; coolness and calmness personified.

But we must send a notice of warning to our beloved number six.

Just because you are a great player, does not mean you are a great coach.

Many have unsuccessfully traded their luxury legacies for a life on the touchline.

Alan Shearer, Tony Adams, Roy Keane, Paolo Di Canio and even Frank Lampard to some extent are prime examples.

Don’t let this get in the way of your dreams though, Thiago, we are sure you’ll smash it!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.