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Chelsea are holding talks with Thiago Silva over a contract extension as there is confidence that an agreement can be reached soon

Chelsea have opened negotiations with Thiago Silva over a new contract.

The Brazil international’s current deal expires at the end of the season, but Chelsea want him to stay for at least another 12 months.

Silva remains one of the most important players at the club and is a mainstay in defense despite turning 38 last September.

The defender was asked about his future by Athletics in October and revealed that he wanted the situation resolved as soon as possible.

Silva, who has a wife and two sons living with him in England, said: “Of course I have to know if I want a new contract with Chelsea, also for my family arrangements. It’s not easy if I don’t have a new contract – I will have to decide what to do. I have to involve my family. It is an important decision and then we will see what will happen.”

There is confidence that an agreement will be reached soon. Silva, who joined as a free agent in 2020 after being released by Paris Saint-Germain, was part of the squad that won the Champions League in 2021.

Meanwhile, negotiations continue with Lyon over the signing of Malo Gusto. Chelsea have had an opening bid for the 19-year-old rejected, but have not given up hope of signing him before the window closes.

Chelsea have identified Gusto as someone who can provide back-up to first-choice right-back/right wing-back Reece James, who has suffered two knee injuries this season.

James is back in training but Chelsea will have someone in place to help share the workload with the England international so that his playing time can be managed.

Chelsea really like what Gusto, who is a France Under-21 international, can offer and talks have really picked up over the last 24 hours.


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