Departing Chelsea star set to return to club where career started

Chelsea legend Thiago Silva is set to return to Brazil and sign for Fluminense, the club where he started his career according to reports.

Silva announced at the start of the week he would be leaving Chelsea in an emotional video message after four years at Stamford Bridge.

The 39-year was a key part of the team that won the club’s second Champions League title in 2021, and it’s first Club World Cup.

Silva set to return to Brazil

The Brazilian has created an amazing bond with the fans, and he and his family fully embraced everything Chelsea.

What Silva has done at Stamford Bridge has been superb and to come into the Premier League at 36 years of age, and perform to the level he has is something very few players are capable of.

Silva is set to return to Fluminense.

Blue’s supporters would have loved the veteran defender to stay another year but sadly it wasn’t to be, and now transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has taken to X to reveal his next move.

“Fluminense are set to sign Thiago Silva as free agent! Verbal agreement in place between parties, Contracts are being prepared and plan is to get it signed in the next weeks. Deal will be valid until June 2026.”

This means a return to where it all started for Silva and perhaps the perfect closing chapter for one of the best defenders to play the game.

It means that Silva faces the possibility of coming up against Chelsea in the 2025 Club World Cup as both clubs will be competing in the tournament.

Silva is currently sidelined with a groin injury but is expected to return before the end of the season, and will reportedly be named as captain for the final game of the campaign against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.

He has made 34 appearances in all competitions to date, scoring four goals.

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