The president of Brazilian club Fluminense FC – Mario Bittencourt – has pleaded with Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva to return to his former club following the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
He last left the club in 2009 to make the crossing into Europe and join AC Milan, a career move that has since seen him win an abundance of trophies and play for big-name European giants Paris Saint-Germain and, of course, Chelsea.
The 36-year-old made the switch to Stamford Bridge less than a year ago and is now close to extending his stay in west London by a further year, taking him up to the end of next season, which will be around six months before the World Cup starts in Qatar.
Although it is impossible to think about what the future may hold for Silva beyond the 2021/22 season, as he will be almost 38, Fluminense chief Bittencourt is confident that Silva will return to his former stomping ground.
“I believe that, minimally, after the 2022 World Cup, he will return home,” Bittencourt told Flu TV. “I’ve been insisting and trying.
“As I’m here live, I appeal to him again: to change his mind and come here next year, make the year of the World Cup already here in Brazil.”
Considering Silva is now coming towards the end of his career, which has been filled with success and memorable moments, it would be quite fitting for him to end his playing days where it all started back in 1998.
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And for Bittencourt, he is fairly confident that Silva would like to make a return to the club, so much so that he insists he can “guarantee” that he will seal a return.
“Thiago knows that the day he comes back, the values are very different from what he has there. But he knows that he has every interest in returning,” Bittencourt continued
“I don’t keep generating expectations in the short term because it can put Thiago himself in a situation as if he had promised to come back. He didn’t promise to come back now, he promised to end his career at Fluminense, and I can guarantee you that he will do that.”