CONFIRMED: Player flies to London to join new Chelsea teammates

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Belle Silva, a family member of new Chelsea signing, Thiago Silva, confirmed yesterday that the Brazilian centre-back flew into London ahead of joining his new Chelsea teammates.

Silva was given an extended break by the Blues after playing in the Champions League final just two weeks ago.

With Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Brighton just a few days away, Silva is expected to resume training immediately as he won’t be expected to self-isolate when he arrives in the UK since he has been in Italy.

Meanwhile, former Chelsea player Craig Burley believes the Brazilian will struggle to make an impact due to Chelsea’s lack of defensively minded players.

“Thiago Silva is going to need an oxygen mask because there is only N’Golo Kante in there who has got any defensive qualities,” Burley told ESPN FC.

“That’s going to be the difficulty for Lampard, striking the balance.

“Mason Mount, who really flourished in his first season in the Premier League, is an attacking player, Kai Havertz played a lot of the season at Leverkusen as a striker, and then you add the front three [Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic] in and it’s ‘over to you N’Golo Kante’ because nobody else is going to be defending.

“Striking a balance with [Mateo] Kovacic or somebody else in there is going to be key.

“Chelsea had one of their worst seasons defensively last year, they lost a heck of a lot of goals, so Lampard knows that he needs to make sure he solidifies his back line, which was a big problem for them.

“Chelsea are going to be great to watch, you just don’t know which way.”

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