The German tactician’s renewal has caused a domino effect at Stamford Bridge as two veteran players have now followed his suit.
Chelsea have activated the extension clauses in the contracts of Thiago Silva and Olivier Giroud, with both players now committed to the club until June 2022.
Silva signed for Chelsea on a free transfer last summer after running down his Paris Saint-Germain contract. He has since become an integral part of the team, having made 34 appearances across all competitions in 2020/21.
Giroud, meanwhile, has been on the Blues’ books for three years now, but his future had been a subject of speculations. With less than a month remaining on his previous deal, the striker had heavily been linked with a move to AC Milan.
Not long after tying down manager Thomas Tuchel until June 2024, the Champions League winners have ensured the two veterans remain at the club for 2021-22.
“When we brought Thiago Silva in last summer, we knew we were adding a world-class player to the squad,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia told the club website.
“Thiago has duly shown everyone at Chelsea his immense quality throughout this season, and he has had a huge influence on and off the pitch for us.
“We said when he signed that we hoped Thiago would add new trophies to his impressive list of honours, and he has done just that with our success in the Champions League this weekend. We now hope that he carries on in exactly the same fashion in the coming year.”
Granovskaia added on Giroud: “Olivier has been such a crucial part of so many big moments for this club, from his contribution to our FA Cup victory in 2018 to scoring 11 goals on the way to winning the Europa League in 2019.
“He has continued to score significant goals, and we will never forget his effort against Atletico Madrid on the way to winning the Champions League this season.
“With so much to still to play for, there was only one decision we could make when we exercised the option to extend his contract back in April.”