Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insists age will have no bearing on Thiago Silva's future at Stamford Bridge.
Silva turned 37 this week and is already the second oldest active Premier League player, behind Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.
The former Paris St Germain centre-back signed a one-year contract extension in June for a second Stamford Bridge campaign, and Blues boss Tuchel believes form and form alone will determine how long he can keep on extending his west London tenure.
“It’s on him, it’s on him; I cannot answer this question right now, but hopefully he can continue to perform on this kind of level,” said Tuchel.
“And that’s all it needs, to stay here. It’s as easy and as clear as that. We want top performance. When you play for Chelsea you need to deliver and this is what he is doing.
“That he is a top professional is a given because otherwise it would not be possible that he plays on that kind of level for so, so many years. But age does not play a role.”
Thank you all for the birthday wishes from my family, my friends, teammates, fans, you made my day!! Thank you 🙏🏽💙 pic.twitter.com/AEStLgVPUI— Thiago Silva (@tsilva3) September 24, 2021