Lampard explains why he signed 35-year-old Silva and the role he wants him to play next season

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Thiago Silva is seen as one of the best defenders in his time, and the 35-year-old is still playing at a high level at this stage of his career.

Silva signed up for Chelsea on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, and many where shocked to see the Blues make a move for the veteran centre-back.

The Brazilian will turn 36 next month, and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has revealed why he chose to sign the Brazilian, despite the number of his defenders at his disposal.

Lampard has now explained his reason for signing Silva, as he revealed that he wants the centre-back to bring his experience to both the Chelsea defence and the team as a whole.

He said: “We have a relatively young squad, we saw that last year, there were games afterwards when I was probably asking for more voice and some more leadership in different ways and he brings that naturally straightaway, and also on the pitch he can help talk and be the player that he is which means affecting others. On those levels I hope he brings that.

“I am pretty sure he will with the qualities we know he has, so I am excited for when he joins up.”

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