Brazilian veteran defender Thiago Silva has brushed off concerns that he might struggle to keep up with the speed in the Premier League, stating that “age is just a number”.
Silva joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a free transfer last month and he is expected to make his debut in England when the Blues take on Barnsley in the Carabao Cup, also known League Cup on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge.
The centre-back turned 36 on Tuesday and make it quite clear that he is “well-prepared” to compete in arguably the best league in the world.
“This is a really important moment for me. It is another opportunity in my life. I have been working hard towards it so tomorrow is my first game and I think it will go well given the way we have been training. Little by little, we are getting to the level where we have to be,” said Silva.
“I am highly motivated. I am very prepared to play in the Premier League and I hope to contribute as much as possible to the young players who have tremendous quality.
Silva admitted that he had not considered a move to England in the past as the style of football a few years ago was not the type he wanted to be involved with but the experienced defender believes that has changed over time and now his ambition is to experience it first-hand.
“I feel really good, age is just a number. Physically I feel very young and well prepared for this,” he added.
“People who know me know how much I love my work, how I put in 200 per cent, and this is a great opportunity that Chelsea and Frank Lampard have given me and I don’t want to let them down,” concluded Silva.
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By FARPost Reporter