Chelsea in talks with Thiago Silva over extending contract until 2022 after 36-year-old’s stunning start to season

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CHELSEA are in talks with Thiago Silva over extending the veteran defender’s contract until 2022 after his fine start to the season.

The Blues landed Silva, 36, on a free transfer in the summer after his release from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.

AFP or licensorsThiago Silva could be heading for a contract extension after just nine appearances for Chelsea[/caption]

He initially put pen to paper on a one-year deal with an option to add an extra 12 months.

And according to Tuttomercarto, the Stamford Bridge club are already looking to exercise that clause.

Silva has made an impressive start to life in West London, making an impact on and off the pitch.

In his nine appearances under Frank Lampard, the ex-PSG skipper is unbeaten with six wins and three draws and an aggregate score of 25-5.

He endured a shaky start as he wore the captain’s armband on debut at West Brom but has since recovered to become a dominant figure in a much-improved Chelsea defence, scoring his first goal against Sheffield United.

Silva appears to be enjoying life at the heart of the Blues defence with Kurt Zouma his regular centre-back partner.

And it is clear the experienced head is a popular figure with his team-mates, too.

Left-back Ben Chilwell, another summer signing, took to Instagram over the weekend with a snap in his fashionable clobber featuring a cap, baggy shirt, shorts and Nike SB trainers.

Silva commented on the post with a series of ‘face palm’ and laughing emojis.

Chilwell replied: “We’ll get u in something like this by the end of the season bro.”

Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole lauded Silva’s start to life in England during BT Sport’s coverage of the 2-1 win over Rennes on Tuesday.

He said: “He has been one of the great defenders of our generation, but at 36 you worry.

“He needed time to get into it and now he looks like a Rolls-Royce and one of the best centre-halves in the league.

“I do not think they make centre-halves like him anymore. Apart from Van Dijk, I would say he is the best in the league. He has brought so much quality, on the pitch and off the pitch.  

“For [Antonio] Rudiger, Zouma and [Andreas] Christensen next to him, he is a standard bearer.”

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ReutersThe Brazilian has formed strong partnerships with the likes of Ben Chilwell and Kurt Zouma on and off the pitch[/caption] Caballero and Cech are the oldest players in the Premier League
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