Blues boss praises departing star, describing him as an “amazing guy”

Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on the departing Thiago Silva describing him as an “amazing guy” and an “amazing professional.”

Silva announced on Monday in an emotional farewell video he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season having spent four years at Stamford Bridge.

The Brazil international arrived in 2020 on a free transfer from French side Paris Saint Germain, and was a key part of the side which won the club’s second Champions League in 2021, as well as the Club World Cup.

Pochettino praises Thiago Silva

The 39-year-old and his family have fully immersed themselves in the club, and Silva has created a special bond with Chelsea supporters, often being the last one off the pitch no matter the result.

The veteran’s departure will not only effect the Blues on the pitch, but also off it, where his experience and leadership qualities have been of benefit to the young squad.

Thiago Silva will leave Chelsea at the end of the season.

Speaking in the build up to Thursday night’s London derby against Tottenham, Pochettino was full of praise for the Brazilian saying he’s had an amazing career and the club will miss him.

“He’s an amazing guy and an amazing professional”, the Argentine told his pre match press conference.

“He’s had an amazing career and the club is going to miss him. He can be proud of his career and I wish him the best.”

Silva is ruled out of the game at Stamford Bridge with a groin issue picked up against Aston Villa, and is one of 14 players the Blues are set to be without tomorrow night.

Axel Disasi is also ruled out meaning Benoit Badiashile will most likely partner Trevoh Chalobah, with Marc Cucurella at left back and probably Alfie Gilchrist at right back, given Malo Gusto is still injured.

The Blues head into the derby ninth in the table, five points behind Newcastle in seventh, which as things stand is the last available place for European football.

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