Thiago Silva has stated ‘age is just a number’ as he looks to prove his doubters wrong as Chelsea’s new centre-back.
The Brazilian made the free transfer move to the Blues this summer after leaving PSG, but there have been question marks over whether he can cut it in the Premier League.
Thiago turns 36 today (Tuesday) and joins the club with a wealth of experience looking to secure a defence which conceded 54 Premier League goals last season.
And the centre-back insists that he has no concerns in getting up to speed with English football.
“No, I don’t worry at all because I know where I want to get to and I have really high hopes about this team, this young team,” Thiago said.
“Thank god, I physically feel really good. Age is just a number on your document but physically I feel very young.
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“I am very well prepared for this and I have been preparing for this my whole life.
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“People who know me, know how much I put into my work.
“I put in 200 per cent and this is a great opportunity that Chelsea and Frank Lampard has given me and I don’t want to let them down.”
His time with Chelsea will start tomorrow when he plays in the Carabao Cup third round clash against Barnsley.
After that he is in line to feature in the next league game at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening.
“I know how to play that way but my preference is to play with the ball on the ground. I know my quality, little-by-little, the Premier League football really won me over. Anyone who knows me, knows that.
“At 36, I am arriving to play in one of the best championships in the world. This is usually a league of young players but I am coming here as an older player and I see it as because Frank Lampard and Chelsea want a player of my experience.
Thiago has had success in Brazil, Italy and France, but this will be his first time playing in the Premier League.
And the Brazilian admitted that he never saw himself playing in the English league before, but now he is ready to mentor the next generation of Chelsea talent.
“I had never really seen myself in the Premier League previously. That’s because I saw it as a difficult style of football personally,” he admitted.
“I didn’t have any desire to play in the Premier League because my impression of the football played was of long balls, high balls and long shots. I thought at the time that I couldn’t see myself playing in that championship but over time, I have seen that the championship has developed tremendously, there’s a lot more technical quality.