Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is set for a heartwarming homecoming, as the Brazilian veteran confirmed his return to Fluminense after his contract expires at the end of the season.

The 39-year-old centre-back announced last week that his time with the Blues was coming to an end, and Fluminense wasted little time in securing his signature on a free transfer.

Fluminense, the reigning Copa Libertadores champions, celebrated Silva’s return with a flourish on social media, posting a picture of him sporting the club’s jersey with the caption “The Monster is Back.”

Silva’s first stint with Fluminense began in 2006 and lasted until 2008. He then embarked on a European adventure, joining AC Milan before a successful spell at Paris Saint-Germain. In 2020, he brought his experience to Chelsea, helping them lift the Champions League trophy the following year.

A mainstay in the Brazilian national team, Silva has participated in the last four World Cups. He also boasts a Confederations Cup title (2013) and a Copa América title (2019) with the Seleção.

Silva’s official return to Fluminense will have to wait until July, when the Brazilian transfer window reopens. Fans can expect to see the veteran defender marshal Fluminense’s backline once again, bringing his leadership and experience to his boyhood club.

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