Chelsea Football Club have completed the signing of one of the big names in world football with Thiago Silva joining on a one-year contract, with the club having the option of a further 12 months.
The Brazilian central defender signed on a free transfer after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired following Saturday’s Champions League final.
His signing follows the addition on Wednesday of Left-back, Ben Chilwell to the squad. Malang Sarr also joined this week and will be on loan in 2020/21.
Silva expressed his delight to be part of Frank Lampard’s young squad.
“I am so happy to be joining Chelsea. I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard’s exciting squad for next season and I’m here to challenge for honours. See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon,” the former PSG defender said.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva’s proven world-class credentials to our squad.
“Having performed at the highest level for many years, we have no doubt his experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.
“Thiago will be an excellent fit and we hope he can add some new trophies to his impressive list of honours.”
Despite missing out on a Champions League winner’s medal in his last game against Bayern Munich, Silva left PSG as a proven winner, having been a key member of the side that amassed an incredible 23 trophies during his eight years there. That includes last season’s clean sweep of domestic silverware and claiming the Ligue 1 title in all but one of his campaigns in the French capital.
No player has won Ligue 1 more times than Thiago Silva’s seven, with his triumph last season matching an individual record which has stood since the 1960s. He was also named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year seven times and the UEFA Team of the Year twice while at the Parc des Princes.