Chelsea’s crisis could worsen as former wonderkid’s comments reveal the extent of the problem.

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has only been able to guide his side to ninth place this season (Image: GETTY)

Chelsea have been in freefall in recent years and are currently ninth in the Premier League table after whimpering to a 12th-place finish last season. The Blues did show their fight on Saturday evening as they battled back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

But their crisis may go from bad to worse this summer as they are expected to lose Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva, who was lauded for his performance against the Villans by former Blues wonderkid Shaun Wright-Phillips. Chelsea appear to have had a scattergun approach in the transfer market since Todd Boehly bought the club at the end of May 2022. The west London giants have spent around £1billion during the American’s regime but are still relying on 39-year-old Silva to give them stability at the back.

Silva has been a revelation since moving to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain in August 2020 and has featured 151 times for his current employers. But his contract is set to expire at the end of the season and he has been tipped to return to his homeland and join Fluminense. Silva was in impressive form at Villa Park but was forced off in the closing stages with a groin injury.

So if Silva, who represented his country at four World Cups, does depart Stamford Bridge Blues manager Mauricio Pochettino may struggle to fill the void. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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An emotional Silva was asked by Hayters TV about his Chelsea future after his team were dumped out of the FA Cup by Manchester City at the semi-final stage. And the defender said: “You will know in the coming days. I don’t want to say anything now with my head in a defeat, a bit of sadness.

But sooner or later it’s going to happen. The news will come out.”

Pochettino will be hoping he can at least call upon Silva once again this season. After the clash against Villa, the Argentine told reporters: “We need to assess him after tomorrow.

It is a pain in his groin.”

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