Thomas Tuchel sets Thiago Silva fresh challenge to earn new Chelsea contract

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has refused to give a definite answer on whether he will have Thiago Silva’s contract renewed at the end of the season. The Brazilian has spent two seasons at Stamford Bridge so far, playing a key role in last year’s Champions League win.

Silva has made three appearances so far this season, scoring his first goal of the campaign last weekend against Tottenham Hotspur.

He arrived at the Blues in August 2020 and has played 38 times for the club having left Paris Saint-Germain, where he spent eight years.

During his time in Ligue 1, the former AC Milan defender won the title seven defenders.

However, at 37-years-old, Silva’s career is slowly coming to an end and Chelsea need to consider whether it is worth renewing his contract or looking at the younger players in the squad or signing a replacement.

Speaking ahead of his sides clash with Manchester City, Tuchel discussed the circumstances in which remain Silva will remain in London.

The Germain said: “It’s on him. He has to perform at this kind of level and that’s all he needs to stay here.

“It’s as easy and clear as that. When you play for Chelsea, you need to deliver and that is what he is doing. He is a top professional and if he wasn’t, it wouldn’t be performing at that level for many years.

“The age does not play a role. The only question we have to ask at the end of the season is this: Is he at the level that we need at Chelsea to compete in every competition? We have time for that, and we don’t have to answer that right now.”

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Over the summer transfer window, Chelsea prioritised bringing in a striker, a central midfielder and a defender.

They signed Romelu Lukaku for £97.5million, Saul Niguez on a loan with an option to buy, and looked set to complete the trio with Jules Kounde from Sevilla, however, the Blues were not willing to match the La Liga side’s asking price for the Frenchman.

Kounde, 23, has already made 93 appearances for Sevilla and also played once at Euro 2020.

He may become a priority again if Tuchel opts to turn his attention away from Silva.

But the Brazilian is not the only defender who’s contract runs out at the end of the season, captain Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and this seasons’ standout performer Antonio Rudiger will also be leaving the club in 2022 if they don’t sign new deals.

The latter is seen as a priority, espeically now Bayern Munich is reportedly interested in securing his signature, but the defender is in no rush to make his decision.

In an interview with SID, Rudiger said: “The fact that I didn’t renew my contract when I was sitting in the stands is surely only logical for everyone,

“When I started playing regularly again, I wanted to wait and see how everything would develop here. As I had announced, after the long Champions League season and the European Championship, the first talks took place after I returned to training with Chelsea.

“So this is less than two months ago and for me this will be the most important decision of my professional career, so I won’t rush into anything. Personally, I haven’t spoken to any other club than Chelsea.”

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