Thiago Silva brushes off age concern as he prepares for Chelsea debut

Thiago Silva

The Brazilian, 35, joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer, signing a one-year deal with the option of a further year.

'We know in a Premier League squad and the number of games we're going to play, we need competition in those areas, back-ups in those areas and players competing to make that position their own, ' said Lampard.

Yet Lampard has no concerns over the 21-year-old, who he suggested is not fully up to speed.

Thiago Silva is keen on playing for Chelsea manager Frank Lampard.

"Age is just a number on your document", he said on Tuesday.

On the song, he added: "It was a very unusual situation because I'd never heard of the song before and then after the festival, there was the video of the lad, Alex [Mann], coming up from the crowd and wearing my PSG shirt, before it went viral".

"Little by little, Premier League football won me over", he said.

Silva continued: "The prospect of playing at the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me". I can play that way, but my preference was to play with the ball on the ground.

"But I know about his experience when he first arrived at Manchester City, theoretically at the end of his career".

The England worldwide has played just 10 minutes so far and Lampard refused to rule out the possibility of Hudson-Odoi moving on with Bayern Munich among several clubs interested in taking him on loan.

Both players are part of the Blues' summer spending spree, that has continued with the arrival of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

"If you want someone who is a runner, I'll use the words Carlo Ancelotti used to describe the signing of James [Rodriguez], they would have signed Usain Bolt".

"With the experience and the excellent young players here, I hope to help these young players in this new adventure".

Chelsea have clearly missed the creativity and attacking threats the wingers could have been brought to the table in their last two games, particularly in the 2-0 defeat against Liverpool last Sunday.

Silva admitted he now wants to help Chelsea back to their dominant best, claiming titles and trophies at home and in Europe.

"Thiago Silva is, as I see it, a leader and I spoke to lots of people that have worked with him before he came, out of interest to find out if what he looked like from afar was true, and everybody said the same thing: his absolute commitment to being a victor, to help his teammates, to improving all the time", Lampard said.

"You can be sure I will do everything I can to repay the confidence [Frank Lampard has shown in me] out on the pitch".

"This is a great opportunity that Chelsea and Frank Lampard have given me and I don't want to let them down".



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