Thiago Silva in action

Fluminense President Mario Bittencourt lauds Chelsea after Thiago Silva transfer

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is set to rejoin boyhood club Fluminese when his contract with the West London giants ends this summer. The veteran Brazilian defender who joined on a free transfer in the summer of 2020 will leave the club after a four-year spell making 151 appearances to date.

The Blues have allowed the defender to team up with his new teammates after the final game of the season against Bournemouth. Silva revealed his intention to return to Chelsea in “another role.”

Thiago Silva transfer: Chelsea invited to play at Maracana by Fluminse president Mario Bittencourt

The Blues has been invited to play a friendly by Fluminese at Brazil’s famous stadium, Maracana, as the reigning Copa Libertadores champions were impressed with how Chelsea handled the Thiago Silva deal.

Fluminse president Mario Bittencourt looks very keen to host a friendly and extended the offer to play at Brazil’s most popular stadium.

He said: “The way they treated us from the beginning of negotiations until the end, they were not intransigent at any time. They let him wear the shirt, they let him arrive sooner.

“We are a club with origins in England, Fluminense was founded by English people, and we have huge affection for Chelsea. The way they respected us, they were very kind. I am a Chelsea fan in England and they showed impressive grandeur.

“If, should it be allowed by the calendar, we can play a friendly match in England and they can come to play at the Maracana, it would be incredible to create a link between the two clubs.”

Thiago Silva’s return to Brazil means that the defender will end his illustrious playing career in his home country. The former PSG defender was named Chelsea’s Player of the Year last season.

It is reported that Chelsea are planning a number of tributes for the Brazilian and give him the send-off he deserves on the final game of the season against Bournemouth.