Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has fast turned into a firm fan favourite at the club.
His desire and his quality on the pitch has made him an absolute joy to watch in Chelsea blue, but it is his love to the club and appreciation of being here that also makes him so well adored by Blues fans.
Silva is just really appreciating every moment being here and being able to continue playing football at the highest level, for both Brazil and Chelsea.
And for that he is thanking two great people, Thomas Tuchel, and Brazilian national coach, Tite.
“They [Tuchel and Tite] are just two great guys and I find it very easy to speak about their human side. In my career, I’ve had great managers, but they’re really at the very top.
“It’s just an honour to play for them and I hope I continue to repay them – to be able to make the World Cup in 2022 with Brazil is a source of motivation for me and, of course, to continue bringing silverware to Chelsea.
“I just hope to give back some of what they have given to me.
“Right now, I’m living this amazing moment in my career.
“It’s so special for me, at 37 years of age, to still be playing at the highest level. There are two that have made and continue to make that possible for me and that’s Tuchel here at Chelsea and Tite, the coach of the Brazilian national team.
“First of all, Tuchel is an excellent coach. Tactically, technically, and on the mental side, he is first rate – but the other thing about him is how he is as a human being. He really just is an incredible guy.
If I didn’t have ambitions and dreams then there’s no way that I’d be where I am here at Chelsea.
“You have to have those dreams, and you have to work at them to achieve them. So, right now, I’m just working as hard as I can and putting everything into my desire to reach the end of my career with all those dreams and ambitions fulfilled.”