Thiago Silva wants to continue his career in his 40s

Thiago Silva wants to emulate Paulo Maldini’s career at Milan.

The 37-year old defender joined the Blues in the summer of 2020 on a free transfer from PSG and has become a pivotal player in Chelsea’s defence.

Considered as one of the best defenders of this generation, Silva has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until June 2023.

Silva expresses that he has no plans of halting his career and want to imitate Maldini’s career at Milan.

“I hope I can do the same thing that Maldini did at Milan, playing until he was 40 or 41 years old,” Silva told Chelsea’s official website.

“That’s my plan for the immediate future and I have prepared myself for that.”

Silva is also concerned about how his body now takes longer to recover following a match.

“When you’re young, you think you’re a superhero,” he admitted. “I’d play one game a day so in terms of recovery it was a lot quicker, whereas now 24 hours seems like no time at all in which to recover.

“You’ve always got to be active and up to speed with the new recovery methods out there. I’ve got lots of things I do at home like physio work, and nowadays I’ve got a better diet than before. You need to fuel yourself well, not with the bad stuff.

“This is part of what I’ve got to do so that I can optimise this recovery process, which for me needs to be quicker.”

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