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Thiago Silva reveals the worst time of his career. It’s not last season at Chelsea

Chelsea centre-back Thiago Silva has revealed the worst time of his footballing career.

Silva told Chelsea’s official website: “I spent six months in Russia. It was one of the worst times of my life. I didn’t know if I was ever going to be able to play football again. I just had a dream that I would, but I didn’t know for sure.

“I moved to Dynamo Moscow in Russia on loan from Porto and during the pre-season, I suddenly started to feel very ill. I had some tests done on me and it was confirmed I had tuberculosis and that it was already very advanced.

“Because of how advanced it was, the doctors decided it would be best for me to stay in hospital for treatment.

“The doctors in Russia wanted to perform surgery on my lung. With that, I know with certain that I wouldn’t have played football again. It was a really tough time.

“I listened to the advice of the people around me, those the closest to me. My mother, my girlfriend, my manager.

“I listened to them and knew I had to do what they were telling me to do. They wanted only the best for me and I knew they were the ones looking out for me. The decision was made.

“My solicitor came to an agreement to make sure that I left the hospital in Russia and could finish my treatment in Portugal. This was really important for me.

“I stayed three more months there. Every day, taking my medicine and going on my daily walks. It was a long wait. But eventually I had the chance to go to the specialist and he told me that I should remain calm. Calm?! How could I stay calm?

“Then, after a period of time, he told me what I so desperately wanted to hear. I could go back to playing football and fulfil my dream.

“Once you get past a difficult period in your life, you know you’ll be victorious. Not only for fulfilling your dream, your destiny of playing football but also for winning all the titles that you longed for and dreamed of.”


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