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Thiago Silva says ‘I want to play until I’m 40’ and reveals advice from Champions League opponent Zlatan Ibrahimovic but ‘unsure’ if he’ll achieve Chelsea feat


Chelsea’s Thiago Silva has said he wants to play until he is 40 and has turned to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for advice.

Silva joined the Blues from Paris Saint-Germain for free in 2020, and some questioned the wisdom of bringing in a 35-year-old, but it quickly turned out to be a stroke of genius.

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Silva is 38 but remains crucial to Chelsea’s defense

And he hopes to continue like Ibra

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And he hopes to continue like Ibra

The Brazil captain became a Champions League winner for the first time in his first season at Stamford Bridge and signed contract extensions in previous summers to prolong his stay.

Now 38, Silva has played every minute for Chelsea in the Premier League so far this season and has since revealed he doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon.

“It’s very important for me to be able to play at this level at this age but it’s not easy, especially in the Premier League,” he said.

“When I finish training, I go home and think about how I can fix myself for tomorrow.

“The intensity is high from the first minute to the last so you have to be ready all the time. I may be 38 but I think I can help this team as much as possible.

“There are a lot of things that help and the players are also more professional now, the players are like athletes today. The mental aspect is also very important.

Silva will have his last chance to win a World Cup this winter

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Silva will have his last chance to win a World Cup this winter


“You know you have to have a calm head because if you do anything else off the pitch, you’re going to be tired. That’s my opinion. The players are more professional now than before.

Silva, who also played for AC Milan in an illustrious career, revealed he spoke to one of the best in his time in Italy regarding extending his career.

Before playing together at PSG, Silva starred alongside Ibrahimovic in Serie A, winning the league title in 2011, a feat the striker repeated last year when he returned to the Italian capital aged 40. .

“I speak with Zlatan often and recently more often because Chelsea will play AC Milan in the Champions League,” Silva said.

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Silva was inspired by his former teammate

“My goal is to play until I’m 40 but I don’t know if it will be that level or that competition.

“It depends on this season and we will see what happens in the World Cup. It also depends on a contract extension but yes, my goal is to play until I’m 40.

Silva already holds a number of age-related records for Chelsea, as the oldest player to appear in a major European final and the oldest Premier League goalscorer.

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