Veteran defender Thiago Silva has confirmed his impending departure from Chelsea at the end of the current season, bringing an illustrious four-year stint at Stamford Bridge to a close.

However, a club statement on Monday noted that the Brazilian legend left the door open for a potential return to the club in the future, stating, “Goodbyes are for those that leave and don’t come back as he intends coming back.

Since arriving on a free transfer in August 2020, Thiago Silva has been a commanding presence for the Blues, making 151 appearances and winning a host of prestigious honours, including the Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and the UEFA Super Cup.

Silva’s connection to the club runs deeper than just his on-field exploits, with his sons currently playing for Chelsea’s youth teams.

The Brazilian defender expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to represent the West London club but hopes to leave the door open to return in future.

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