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Thiago Silva reveals he is hoping for contract talks to take place with the Chelsea deal set to expire in June

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva has declined to comment on talks of a new deal but has told the club his future will need to be sorted out soon.

The 38-year-old’s current contract at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season.

However, Silva is keen to stay at Chelsea and stressed the hope that talks are likely to take place in the near future.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Chelsea’s game against AC Milan, Silva said: “What I can tell you now for me is that it’s important to keep playing at a high level and getting the best results.

“There will be time to talk, before or after the World Cup, because I need to know something about my future and my family arrangements. We’ll see what will happen.’

Despite being in the final stages of his career, Silva is still capable of making a meaningful contribution for Chelsea and he has made seven Premier League appearances this season.

Silva admitted he needs to be carefully managed in terms of his playing time and he is expected to be involved against Milan after missing the Wolves game through illness.

He said: “I’m 38 years old and I might not be able to play four or five games in a row.

‘Anyway, I think I can help with my experience and I think I’ll be carefully guided there [Thomas] Tuchel began and [Graham] Potter continued, I am very happy with the way they are managing me and I believe I can still make a good contribution to the team.’

Silva recently announced that he wants to emulate his former AC Milan and PSG teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic by still playing at the age of 40.

Speaking to Chelsea’s official website, he said: “I talk to Zlatan a lot and lately more often because Chelsea are going to play AC Milan in the Champions League. My goal is to play until I’m 40 years old, but I don’t know if it will be at this level or this competition.

“That depends on this season and we will see what will happen at the World Cup. It’s also subject to a contract extension, but yes, my goal is to play until 40.”

Chelsea are currently second in their Champions League group having taken four points from their three games so far.

After beating Milan 3-0 at home, they go into the second leg with confidence, but don’t take anything for granted.

Silva previously played for Milan between 2009 and 2012, winning the Serie A title in the 2010/11 season.

However, he played down suggestions for a possible return to Milan.

He said: “I’ve already made my story here at AC Milan so that’s not the case here at the moment.

“If that could have happened, it should have happened before I came to Chelsea. But who knows, then I’ll have to see.”

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