Silva Will Leave Chelsea

LONDON: Brazilian defender Thiago Silva has announced he will leave Chelsea at the end of the season after four years at the English Premier League (EPL) club, but hopes to return in a different role.

The 39-year-old joined Chelsea from Paris St Germain on a free transfer in August 2020 and made 151 appearances as he won the Champions League, Club World Cup and Super Cup.

“Chelsea means a lot to me. I came here with the intention of just one year and it ended up being four years,” said Silva.

“I think, everything I did here for four years, I always gave my best.

“Unfortunately, everything has a beginning, middle and end. It doesn’t mean this is the end. I hope to leave with an open door so that in the future I can return, even in a different role.

“Goodbye is for those who leave and never return. I intend to return one day.”