Thiago Silva (Getty Photos)
New Chelsea signing Thiago Silva has shrugged off issues that he would possibly wrestle to adapt to the intense tempo of the Premier League, insisting “age is only a quantity”.
The veteran Brazil defender joined Frank Lampard’s facet from Paris Saint-Germain on a free switch final month after struggling defeat to Bayern Munich within the Champions League last.
The centre-back, who turned 36 on Tuesday, disregarded issues he would wrestle to return to phrases with the velocity of the English top-flight.
“Bodily I really feel actually good,” he informed reporters on Tuesday. “Age is only a quantity in your doc. Bodily, I really feel very younger. I am very effectively ready for this.”
The previous AC Milan participant, who is anticipated to make his debut in Chelsea’s League Cup match in opposition to Barnsley on Wednesday, mentioned the Premier League had not beforehand held nice enchantment for him.
“My impression of the soccer performed was that it was lengthy balls, excessive balls, lengthy photographs and on the time I could not actually see myself taking part in in that championship,” he mentioned.
However he mentioned he felt the character of the soccer performed in England had modified, with extra emphasis on technical high quality and the ball performed on the bottom.
“Little by little, Premier League soccer gained me over,” he mentioned. “Anybody that is aware of me can affirm that and now, at 36, I am arriving to play in the most effective championship on the planet.”
Silva believes he can play a key function in serving to Chelsea’s younger squad attain their peak after Lampard’s costly rebuild.
Rennes goalkeeper Edouard Mendy is ready to turn out to be the seventh senior signing of a busy summer season.
“If you’d like somebody to run they’d have signed Usain Bolt,” he mentioned. “With the expertise and the superb younger gamers right here, I hope to assist these younger gamers on this new journey.”
Final season, Lampard’s facet completed 33 factors behind champions Liverpool, who beat them 2-Zero at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to underscore the hole between the groups.
However Silva mentioned he may assist instil a profitable mindset on the membership.
“I take into consideration all my expertise in my profession and every thing I’ve gained,” he mentioned. “I believe it is essential to indicate to the youthful gamers to see that simply taking part in matches is not sufficient.
“They want preparation to be as prepared and in the most effective state potential and I believe they should see how essential it’s to win issues.
“It is people who find themselves profitable winners which are remembered. For instance, our supervisor, Frank Lampard, he is gained a lot.”