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Silva Chelsea talks, Zubimendi Arsenal and more

Silva Chelsea talks, Zubimendi Arsenal and more

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Thiago Silva and Mauricio Pochettino have spoken about the tweet put out by the Chelsea defender’s wife Belle Silva. After the game against Wolves she clearly seemed to aim a dig at Pochettino, calling for a change at Stamford Bridge. That tweet is still there, it hasn’t been deleted, but Pochettino discussed this in his press conference and made it clear that everything has been clarified and that his relationship with Silva is excellent.

I can confirm that Silva and Pochettino had a discussion about this, and their relationship remains very good. However, the feeling in general, even before this incident, is that Silva is not expected to extend his contract at Chelsea, making him a free agent this summer. There is a very concrete chance for the Brazilian to leave as a free agent.

Things can change in the next months, but at the moment there are no discussions ongoing to extend Silva’s contract, but let’s see what happens closer to the summer.

There have also been reports about other Chelsea players being unsettled and some claims that they regret signing such long-term contracts at the club. However, I’m not aware of this, honestly. I think this week it’s easy to say only negative things about Chelsea, players, managers, owners. For sure it’s a difficult moment but it’s also too easy to call it all negative and disaster. How can players be happy when things go so bad? But it’s also about being professional to help the club and improve the situation. This is normal life at top football clubs.

I reported the details of the Kylian Mbappe saga in my column yesterday, but as well as that I wanted to add today that PSG have two plans in place regarding their star player.

The first plan is the optimistic one – to keep Mbappe at the club, extend his contract, and build the squad with Mbappe. The second one is in case Mbappe leaves as a free agent, and so PSG have something in place for that. They have prepared for this possibility, and so plans are in place in case they cannot keep their star player.

One plan involves a signing in midfield – the player they wanted last summer was Bernardo Silva from Manchester City, so let’s see if they try again for him…

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