Thiago Silva wants to emulate his career like Paolo Maldini

Thiago Silva wants to play till his 40s.

The veteran Chelsea defender expressed his desire to mimic Italian legend Paolo Maldini’s career by playing on into his 40s.

The Brazilian centre-back has accumulated 548 club appearances across his career.

He will turn 37 in September and has had no imminent retirement plans in place.


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Silva said in a press conference: “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.

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


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