Thiago Silva hits back at ‘strange’ reports he wants to rip up his contract at Chelsea
Thiago Silva insists he wants to stay at Chelsea unless the Premier League club or new manager inform him that they want him to leave.
The Blues have had a season to forget with Frank Lampard’s 11th-placed side unable to finish in the top despite having three matches still to play.
Chelsea have spent around £600m on new players over the last two transfer windows and Lampard – who is in caretaker charge until the end of the season – is their third manager of the season.
There has been speculation this week that Silva ‘would give up his last year in Europe to return’ to Brazilian side Fluminense.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claimed last night that Mauricio Pochettino will be named the new Chelsea manager on a long-term deal and ‘will discuss transfer strategy with the club immediately’.
And Silva has rubbished the reports that he will leave Chelsea for Brazil this summer and is hoping the new manager wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to ESPN Brasil about the rumours, Silva said: “I have a contract here, right? It’s strange, because several things have come out [in the media] and fans become very passionate. Some curse me on social media, others say ‘Come soon’ and some say ‘If you don’t come now, don’t come at all.
“It’s even boring for me. It’s been only two months since I renewed with Chelsea, if I’m not mistaken, and I’ve always fulfilled my contracts. I only won’t stay here if Chelsea decide they don’t want me for next season, or if the new coach arrives and doesn’t want me to stay.
“I intend to fulfil the contract that I signed until next year and then, next year, we’ll see what happens.”
On talks with former club Fluminense, Silva added: “I’ve always followed them (Fluminense) since I left, I’ve always stayed very close. Every time I’m on vacation I go there, I do my training there. I have several friends there.
“There are many messages getting sent, saying ‘Come back soon’. There is great anxiety from them, especially when things are coming out in the press, some untruths.
“I even said to my wife, ‘I don’t know what meeting they’re talking about claiming I’m close to a return’ – there’s nothing! I spoke with [Fluminense president] Mario [Bittencourt] yes, in January. I spoke with Mario and [director of sports planning] Fred, I spoke about my position and my desires.
“After that meeting, I still signed my renewal with Chelsea. In fact, that’s exactly what was said at the meeting, that, after another year, there would certainly be a desire to return. And not just to end my career there, but to add something.”
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