Thiago Silva’s impressive start at Chelsea looks set to convince the club to take up the option to extend the Brazilian’s stay for a second season.
Negotiations ahead of Silva’s arrival over the summer saw Chelsea include the option to extend the central defender’s 12-month deal by a further year if he impressed.
Official discussions with the player are not expected to being until the new year, but Frank Lampard believes the 36-year old has been a key part of Chelsea’s impressive start to the season, and is keen to keep him at Stamford Bridge for a second campaign.
Chelsea conceded three goals away at West Brom on Silva’s Premier League debut but have conceded just once in four league games since, when the Brazilian has been in their side.
The Blues are third in the table on 18 points after nine matches, and could leapfrog leaders Tottenham, who visit Stamford Bridge, live on Sky Sports this Sunday.
Silva joined Chelsea as a free agent over the summer after spending the last eight seasons at Paris Saint-Germain, following a spell at AC Milan.
Lampard: Giroud shows why I want him to stay
Frank Lampard has promised Olivier Giroud will get more game-time at Chelsea as he bids to keep hold of the striker in the January transfer window.
Giroud’s majestic injury-time header, having come off the bench, booked Chelsea’s place in the knockout stages of the Champions League as they beat Rennes 2-1 on Tuesday.
Giroud said he will make a decision on his Chelsea future in the January transfer window amid concerns over a lack of game time – but boss Lampard has reiterated his stance, in that he wants the striker to stay.
“I have a problem because I’ve got Tammy who is playing well and obviously he did last year as well,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“And Oli, who always contributes in that way with that professionalism. I have two players in a similar position fighting for a place.
“That’s a good problem. Oli will get his minutes because we have a busy schedule, we play every few days. I made a few changes today because I felt he had to get the freshness in the team.
“I think the reason you see such a reaction around the goal, not only was it in the last minute but someone like Oli you see how he acts day in, day out and it shows you what he means to this team.”