Thiago Silva will be a ‘commanding’ presence at Chelsea
Brazil legend Rivaldo has backed compatriot Thiago Silva to succeed at Chelsea and be a “commanding” presence in a young dressing room.
The Blues are close to signing the former Paris Saint-Germain centre-back, who recently entered free agency.
Silva, 35, will arrive as a serial winner, having claimed 25 pieces of silverware in his time in the French capital. He was also part of the Copa America-winning Brazil squad last summer.
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As well as his fantastic record, Rivaldo believes Silva’s “excellent” positioning will help improve Chelsea’s back line.
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“At 35, Thiago Silva will sign for two seasons with Chelsea and I’m confident that he will do a great job there, as he is a great centre back with excellent positioning and vast experience of world football,” Rivaldo told Betfair (via Metro).
“I think he still comes with plenty to offer. I’d back him to produce good football in the Premier League and he should be a commanding voice in Frank Lampard’s otherwise young squad.
“Nowadays, many players extend their careers until their late-thirties and Silva is a good example of that, as I was in my time.
“If you keep yourself in good physical condition you can easily play at the highest level until 36-37-years-old.”