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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.