Brazil legend Rivaldo, backs Thiago Silva to command Chelsea’s young defenders

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Chelsea is set to sign Thiago Silva on a free transfer, as the Brazilian became a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

The move came as a surprise for many, due to the age of the Brazilian who will turn 36 next month.

However, Brazil legend, Rivaldo, has backed Silva to play a commanding presence in Chelsea’s defence next season.

“At 35, Thiago Silva will sign for two seasons with Chelsea and I’m confident that he will do a great job there, as he is a great centre back with excellent positioning and vast experience of world football,” Rivaldo told Betfair.

“I think he still comes with plenty to offer. I’d back him to produce a good football in the Premier League and should be a commanding voice in Frank Lampard’s otherwise young squad.

“Nowadays, many players that extend their careers until their late-thirties and Silva is a good example of that, as I was in my time. If you keep yourself in good physical condition you can easily play at the highest level until 36-37-years-old.”

Thiago Silva showed he’s still a top player as he did well in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, although his side would eventually lose to Bayern 1-0.

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