Thiago Silva had a rather ignominious moment to start his Chelsea career, making a massive individual error that led to a West Brom goal in the 3-3 draw back in September, but since then, he’s been practically flawless in leading, organizing, and solidifying the Chelsea backline.
The only concern about him, really, has been the need to manage his minutes and fitness, due to not only his age but the fact that he has to travel to the other side of the world during every international break. Fortunately, those are now over until at least March, so we can hopefully have him available for as many games as his legs (and head) can bear.
The 36-year-old’s form has started rumors about a potential stay at Stamford Bridge beyond just this season, which is something that’s always been on the cards considering that his contract reportedly had a (mutual) option for a one-year extension. (Though some had reported it as a two-year contract initially.)
Given those recent stories, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard confirmed the existence of the option in today’s press conference.
“I’ve seen the reports and yes, there’s an option in Thiago’s contract that we can look at as the season goes on. He has an option to extend his deal and with the way he’s playing, I’m very happy with him and it’s something we will look at it. I was surprised, however, with the way the reports came out. But yes, he does have an option to extend his contract.”
-Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea FC
Not sure what was so surprising about those reports to the bossman, but either way, the important part is that we do have the option and if Thiago keeps up his form, we will undoubtedly exercise it and keep him here for another year as we look to continue the squad building project by turning our attentions to midfield and the defense (and as Thiago looks to keep himself in the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup).