Chelsea defender Thiago Silva feels he can play into his 40s.

Still going strong with club and country, the Brazilian dreams of playing at the top level aged 40 and above, and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.

He played 34 times for Chelsea in his debut campaign for the club, and arguably would’ve featured more had he not suffered from a thigh injury in February.

The veteran defender went onto help the Blues to win their second Champions League title – although he did limp off in the final against Manchester City in Porto – and he has certainly proven to be a solid signing since arriving for free from PSG in the summer of 2020.

Thiago Silva is still very much in Thomas Tuchel’s plans for next season, the club recently opted to extend his contract at Stamford Bridge for another year – a feat that certainly suggests he is on the way to achieving his ‘Maldini dream’.

Speaking in a Brazil press conference, Silva said:

“I hope I can do the same thing that Paolo Maldini did at Milan, playing until he was 40 or 41 years old.

“That’s my plan for the immediate future. I have prepared myself for that and now at 36 years old I continue to play at a high level and that gives me a great deal of pride.”

Thiago Silva has a deal with Chelsea to 2022. However, the Chelsea man has admitted that his fitness isn’t exactly how it used to be, and he has to manage it accordingly.

“From this moment on I have to live each season and each competition,”

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He added. “I play very carefully because my physique is no longer the same as it was two or three years ago and the recovery from one game to another takes longer.”

Silva’s desire to keep on going is admirable, and Chelsea fans will be hoping that he continues to play to the level he’s shown throughout his career.

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