Chelsea’s Thiago Silva to re-join Fluminense at contract end

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva will re-join Brazilian club Fluminense following the expiry of his contract at the end of the season, both clubs announced on Tuesday.

The defender announced on April 29 that he would leave Chelsea after a four-year stint at the club and has now signed a contract with Fluminense until 2026.

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Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer in August 2020 and has made 151 appearances to date, winning the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. He has revealed his intention to one day return to the club in “another role.”

Chelsea have said that Silva will depart following their final game of the season against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge and have agreed that he can join up early with his new team to train with them before he is able to registered on July 1.

The 39-year-old was named the club’s Player of the Year last season and has made more than 150 appearances for the west London club.