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Not many would have expected Chelsea to sign a 36-year-old defender to solve the club’s defensive issues. But when the player in question is a veteran defender who’s still playing at the top level, then the dynamics would change.
That’s the situation of Chelsea’s move for Thiago Silva. The Brazilian is currently 35-years-old, and will turn 36 next month, when the league kicks off. But he’s still very rated as one of the best centre-backs in the world.
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley, has given his approval for the deal and believes that it’s a viable short-term solution for the club.
“The guy can defend,” Burley told ESPN FC.
“He’s just been part of a team that’s got to the Champions League final and lost to the best team on the planet at the moment in Bayern Munich.
“We’ve talked about the centre-half position, all the other guys are out there chasing the top players as well so you’ve got to get in there quick, make a decision, make an offer, sort that position out and worry about it in 12-18 months’ time about filling it again.
“You can’t sit on your backside and watch him go somewhere else and then start looking about for other centre halves of that quality and experience, because there aren’t many out there.
“It makes sense for me. It’s not ideal signing a [soon to be] 36-year-old, but it’s a fit 36-year-old who’s got good character, good experience and can still play.”