Chelsea legend rates Chelsea’s signing of veteran defender Thiago Silva and sends out a small warning

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The signing of Thiago Silva is not one for the future, as the Blues will be expecting an instant impact from the centre-back.

After conceding 54 goals in the Premier League alone last season, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was keen on adding experience to his back line, which led to the signing of Thiago Silva.

The Brazilian legend will be 36 this month and has an impressive trophy haul, having won the French league in seven successive years.

The veteran Brazil defender is still rated as one of the best in the game, and played a key role for PSG last season as they reached the Champions League final, only to lose narrowly to Bayern Munich.

Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, rates Silva as a good signing who will have an impact on the young defenders, due to his wealth of experience, but also warned about the physical nature of the Premier League.

“Thiago Silva will bring with him a wealth of experience and know-how. I understand the signing 100 per cent,” the former Chelsea striker told GentingBet.

“Obviously, French football is also different than English football which is more demanding so he will have to look after his body especially as they are involved in the Champions League as well.

“But he is a great addition. Chelsea have a lot of young players and he will be there to help them.

“Chelsea have Jorginho who has done that job really, really well. If you look at him during the games when he’s playing, he speaks a lot to the to the young players.

“I think Thiago Silva will be the same. He’s somebody that that the young players can look up to because he’s won a lot.

“He’s played a lot for Brazil – he’s been there and done it. He’s also a very calm person who will help the young players relax.”

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