Kurt Zouma has explained that he’s “excited” to learn from experienced Chelsea teammate Thiago Silva, who arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer as someone with an abundance of top level experience to boost a young squad.

Zouma, 25, looks like he’s got hold of a starting centre-back position when fit and he’s now got a new partner alongside him.

Silva was one of several high-profile signings made by Blues manager Frank Lampard during the recent transfer window and he’s the one individual that joined as the ready-made article.

The 36-year-old may be reaching the latter stages of his career and experiencing English football for the last time, but he was playing in the Champions League final recently for Paris Saint-Germain.

He’s a Brazilian centre-back that is already looking like a real leader on the pitch for Chelsea, which is something that the team has been crying out for and there is no doubt that the defence has been a serious weakness since Lampard took charge.

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Zouma is in awe of Silva’s quality and has discussed his ability:

“For me, he’s got everything. He’s calm on the ball, he can defend very well, his positioning is great. I’m very happy he’s here and excited to learn from him. He doesn’t speak English that well just yet but he speaks French, so I can help him with that and so can a few other boys,” Zouma said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

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Not only is Silva going to be a big help to the defenders around him, but having a serial winner is going to rub off on the rest of his teammates and there are so many rising stars at the club that will learn from him.

Chelsea may have been looking towards the future with several of their transfer signings, but adding Silva to the team is something to make them immediately better and the early signs in his Blues career is that he’ll be a success.

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