Following the Champions League final, Chelsea Football Club has exercised an option to extend Thiago Silva’s contract by one year, taking his time at Stamford Bridge into a second season.

The Brazilian’s first Chelsea campaign could scarcely have gone much better. A composed and classy influence in the heart of our defence from the moment he arrived on a free transfer from PSG, Thiago Silva featured 34 times in all competitions and scored twice.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: ‘When we brought Thiago Silva in last summer, we knew we were adding a world-class player to the squad. Thiago has duly shown everyone at Chelsea his immense quality throughout this season, and he has had a huge influence on and off the pitch for us.'We said when he signed that we hoped Thiago would add new trophies to his impressive list of honours, and he has done just that with our success in the Champions League this weekend. We now hope that he carries on in exactly the same fashion in the coming year.’

While injury cut short the Brazilian’s time on the pitch in Porto in the Champions League final, he was still able to celebrate his maiden triumph in the competition at the age of 36, and his professionalism and commitment to the cause throughout his first year at the club has already made him a popular figure with the Blues faithful.Thiago Silva’s new deal will run until the end of the 2021/22 season, when Chelsea will be looking to defend our European crown as well as challenge for domestic honours. Thiago Silva’s experience will be vital on both fronts.