Thiago Silva says ‘I want to play until I’m 40’ and reveals advice from Champions League opponent Zlatan Ibrahimovic but ‘doesn’t know’ if he will ach
Chelsea’s Thiago Silva has said he wants to play until he’s 40-years-old, and has turned to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for advice. Silva joined the Blues from Paris Saint-Germain for free in 2020, and some questioned the wisdom of bringing in a then 35-year-old, but it soon turned out to be a genius move. Silva is 38 but is still crucial to Chelsea’s defenceGetty And he hopes to keep going like IbraAFP The Brazil captain became a Champions League winner for the first time in his debut season at Stamford Bridge, and has signed contract extensions in the preceding summers to extend his stay. Now aged 38, Silva has played every minute for Chelsea in the Premier League so far this season, and has since revealed he isn’t planning to stop anytime soon. “It’s very important for me that I can play at this level at this age but it’s not easy, especially in the Premier League,” he said. “When I finish training, I come back home and think about how I can repair myself for tomorrow. “The intensity is high from the first minute to the last one so you have to be ready all the time. I might be 38-years-old but I think I can help this team as much as possible. “There are many things that help and players are also more professional now, players are like athletes today. The mental aspect is also very important. Silva will have his last shot at winning a World Cup this winterGetty Most read in Football LIST How to spend £1,841 in Norwich shop as questions asked of PM Truss over bizarre bill concern England 'sleep-walking into disastrous World Cup' as fans call for Southgate to go defiant Maguire defends England place and suggests Man United criticism is 'for clicks' defence Southgate insists England 'on right track' and tells players to 'block out noise' on Souness responds to Grealish, insists plus-one Pogba is welcome - but they're paying down England relegated in Nations League with Italy defeat to spark huge World Cup concerns “You know that you need to have a calm head because if you do other things outside the field, you will be tired. That’s my opinion. The players are more professional now than before.” Silva, who has also played for AC Milan in an illustrious career, revealed he has spoken to one of the very best from his time in Italy in regards to extending his career. Before playing together at PSG, Silva played alongside Ibrahimovic in Serie A, winning the league title in 2011, a feat the striker repeated last year upon returning to the Italian capital, aged 40. “I talk often with Zlatan and recently more often because Chelsea will play against AC Milan in the Champions league,” Silva said. Silva has been inspired by his former teammate “My aim is to play until I’m 40 years old but I don’t know if it will be this level or this competition. “It depends on this season and we’ll see what will happen in the World Cup. It also depends on a contract extension but yeah, my aim is to play until I’m 40.” Silva already holds a number of age related records for Chelsea, as their oldest player to appear in a major European final and oldest ever Premier League goalscorer. Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT At talkSPORT we are powered by fans, so come and join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT Fan Zone. In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game. There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too. Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets for England and Wales’ group stage games on sale now HERE!