Chelsea target Thiago Silva speaks out on his future after Champions League loss
Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has confirmed he has played his last game for the French champions amid reports he has agreed a two-year contract to join Chelsea.
The Brazilian endured a disappointing end to his career in Paris as his side lost 1-0 in the Champions League final to Bayern Munich, though the skipper gave a solid display in a competitive and tightly contested affair.
According to The Telegraph, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has long earmarked the 35-year-old as the experienced leader his leaky backline has been crying out for.
Silva is expected to sign a two-year contract with the west London club as early as next week and has even agreed to a significant pay cut, such is his desire to test himself in the Premier League.
While the Brazilian centre-back did not confirm the move to Chelsea after the Champions League final, he did bid farewell to PSG and believes he is still capable of playing at a high level for several more seasons to come.
‘This was my last match at PSG. I am sad,’ Silva told RMC Sport after the final whistle in Lisbon.
‘I apologise to the supporters. I want to thank all the fans for their love.
‘I will come back to PSG… I want to play for three or four more years and be at the World Cup in Qatar.’
In a further interview with Sky Sport Italia, when asked about links with Fiorentina, Silva replied: ‘Now I have to look for a new team. Fiorentina? Reports of an agreement are not true. My agent is talking to them and other clubs but nothing is signed yet.
‘Tomorrow or the day after tomorrow I will have to look at the offers and make the best decision for me and my family.’
Chelsea conceded 54 goals in the Premier League last season, as many as 15th placed Brighton and 21 more than champions Liverpool.
PSG, by contrast, conceded just 24 times in Ligue 1 last season and had a similarly frugal record in the Champions League, only conceding six times.
Lampard is hoping Silva can provide some much-needed defensive nous and leadership to younger centre-backs Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen in particular.
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