Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva has encouraged Chelsea to hold contract talks with him before the end of the year.
When the West London giants signed the Brazil international back in 2020, there were initially doubts over his longevity given his advancing years and the demands of the English top-tier.
However, despite turning 38 years of age in September, Silva stays Chelsea’s first-choice defender, featuring in the majority of fixtures in the top-tier and Champions League.
In total, the veteran has played 91 games in all competitions, nine of which have come under Tuchel and Potter during 2022-23.
With less than a year left on his existing terms at Stamford Bridge, Potter and the teams hierarchy have a decision to make regarding his future.
At a press conference on Monday ahead of facing Milan, Potter claimed that it would be Silva who dictates his own future, a result of the level of respect that he commands at the team.
However, responding in the same media briefing, Brazilian centre-back indicated that he was keen to hold talks with the relevant parties as soon as possible.
Silva told reporters: “I can tell you that what is important is to continue playing at a high level and help the team to achieve the best possible results.
“For sure, there will be a time when we need to talk, it could be before the World Cup or after the World Cup because I need to know whether I will have a new contract with Chelsea for my family arrangements.
“If I don’t have a new contract, I will have to decide what to do. For my family it’s an important decision. We will see what happens.”