Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has now claimed he is going to stay with the club for at least two more years.
He told the club website of how he has fallen in love with living in the area, and the supporters who have backed him since his arrival.
Despite the club’s tough season on the pitch, Silva was at least honoured for his personal performances with the award for player of the season.
His impressive displays at the back have become the norm since his transfer to West London, and the absence he has left when injured is still greater than any other.
There were reports recently that he may be looking to return to Brazil at the end of the season, with the Blues unlikely to stand in his way.
However, he has now stated he plans to spend another couple of seasons at Stamford Bridge.
Silva says he’s staying
He said: “The club is really important to all of us – it’s a mutual love. My wife, for instance, takes the underground to games and when she gets off the train people recognise her and start to sing my name to her! That just shows the love that they have for us, and we have for them.
“I need to live close to Cobham because I have to focus more on my personal care and treatment. But I know my wife goes to London a lot, far more than I do, and I know she really likes it – she says it’s a very welcoming city. Bit by bit, we are feeling more and more like Londoners.
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“The whole family have fallen in love with Chelsea. My sons, Isago and Iago, both play for Chelsea. Isago has extended his contract here for the next two seasons, which means we are going to be here for two years.”
The Brazilian could be crucial to the future of the club in that position, with a number of young stars currently waiting in the wings.
This includes Levi Colwill, who is set to return from his loan spell at Brighton ahead of next season.
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