£110,000-a-week defender ready to sign new contract with Chelsea

Veteran defender Thiago Silva has confirmed his intention to sign a contract extension with the London giants after the club progressed to the semi-finals of the UCL. Brazil international at Chelsea last summer on a free transfer from PSG and has provided a steady, experienced head at the back in a young Blues team.

After a spell on the sidelines through injury, Thiago started against Porto in Seville on Tuesday night, with the tie forced to be played at a neutral venue due to Covid travel restrictions and gave another commanding display despite the side conceding deep into stoppage-time.

Blues always looked in control of the tie, having won the first leg 2-0, and should have had a bigger margin of victory by the time Mehdi Taremi netted a spectacular overhead kick with just seconds left on the clock.

The 2-1 aggregate victory over Porto sets up the UCL semi-final against either Real Madrid or Liverpool, who play tonight and marks Blues best run in the competition since 2014. Silva is clearly enjoying his time at Chelsea, particularly since the German boss was appointed, and he confirmed after Tuesday’s game that he would like to extend his stay at the club.

Thiago has only featured in one of Blues last nine PL games, having been struggling with a thigh injury before getting sent off on his return to action against West Brom at the start of the month. He has played 24 games in all tournaments across the campaign, however, and has been a key part of Blues improved defensive showings this year.