Thiago Silva has for the first time spoken about his move to Chelsea, following the expiry of his contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian chose to move to the West London side, despite having a number of other offers on the table.
In an interview with the club’s website, the Silva revealed Frank Lampard played a key role in convincing him to join the former champions.
“First and foremost, I came because Chelsea is an amazing team and one of the biggest clubs in the world. It helps when you’re welcomed so warmly, particularly by a coach who played until relatively recently, because in football there are very strong preconceptions regarding the age of players.
“But I know about his experience when he first arrived at Manchester City, theoretically at the end of his career. He endured the same sort of thing as I’ve gone through,”
Silva is yet to feature for his new club, having arrived late from Paris Saint-Germain following their participation in the Champions League final.
The 36-year-old is yet to kick a ball for Chelsea but is looking to achieve great success.
“My aim is to win. As I said before, it’s a young team and we’re aiming to win as many games as possible. We know that the opposition will never make life easy for us and will have prepared to win the game but I will work as hard as I can from the very start,”
“I always say that if you have a match tomorrow, then you can’t start preparing for it today. Preparation doesn’t work like that; it happens over a period of time,”
Silva could be in line for his debut when Chelsea play Barnsley in the Carabao Cup in midweek.