Thiago Silva has revealed he spoke at length to Arsenal new-boy Willian before he decided to join Chelsea. The Brazilian centre-back joined the Blues this summer on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.
Prior to his move to Stamford Bridge, the veteran defender was linked with a return to former club Fluminense. The 36-year-old opted against returning to his homeland in order to pursue more silverware.
That opportunity presented itself when Chelsea got in contact with his representatives and offered him a one-year deal.
Silva was immediately enticed by the offer, although he did run the move by his fellow countryman and former Blues winger Willian before putting pen to paper.
In an interview with Football Focus, Silva said: “As soon as the Champions League was over, I spoke to Willian.
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“He spoke very highly of Chelsea to me, he said, ‘Go, you’ll be really happy, the people there are great.'”
Silva made his Premier League debut last weekend in Chelsea’s 3-3 draw with West Brom, which ended up being a game to forget for the former PSG man.
Silva was at fault for Callum Robinson and West Brom’s second goal of the evening, carelessly giving the ball away to the young striker whilst under no pressure.
The former AC Milan man has vowed to bounce back from his nightmare league debut, saying: “There are days when unfortunately hard work doesn’t pay off the way we expected.
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“I am upset, but I take responsibility for the mistake I made, as I always did. As difficult as it may be, we have to get over this and move on.
“I want to thank my teammates and the entire staff for their continuous support since I joined Chelsea FC. I am really grateful of that support.
“I promise to all of you that I will give everything I have on the pitch, putting all my energy and commitment into the games to come.”
Although he wasn’t impressed by Silva’s league debut, Lampard is confident the veteran defender will be a successful signing for the Blues.
“He is going to be fantastic for us,” Lampard insisted. “He has been incredible in his career and I am sure he will be open about his mistake, but there is no blame on him.
“We are team that has to react around that. It is nothing on him. He will admit his mistake, but that was the only one.
“That’s his first Premier League game done and in the bank. He will show a lot more as he gets fitter and the whole squad gets fitter.”
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