'Which proved right': Lampard makes claim about Chelsea star he signed

'Which proved right': Frank Lampard makes claim about £105k-a-week Chelsea player he signed

Frank Lampard has claimed Thiago Silva turned out to be exactly as he imagined after he signed him for Chelsea. 

Silva, who moved to Stamford Bridge in August 2020 when Lampard was still Blues manager, has been an inspired addition on a free transfer. 

The 37-year-old defender was an important part of the Chelsea group that won the Champions League crown last season. In addition, the Brazilian centre-back continues to be a vital figure in the current campaign. 

He made his 50th Chelsea appearance in midweek during the Premier League win over Watford, with current boss Thomas Tuchel relying on him heavily. 

Lampard was the man who brought Silva to London, though, and has said in an interview with The Overlap that the veteran defender lives up to stories he previously heard about him. 

“Thiago Silva was a no-brainer. When he came up, I was rubbing my hands together and going ‘yes please, free transfer’. This fellow who’s been one of the best centre-backs in the world for a while. Everything I heard from everyone else was about his character, which proved right as well,” Lampard said.

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Silva genius Chelsea business

Of course, Tuchel has elevated Chelsea to new heights during just under a year as the club’s boss. The club are fully vindicated in their decision to change the manager, even if it was club legend Lampard.

However, Lampard did help lay so many foundations. 

Aside from his obvious help towards youth, the signing of £105,000-a-week ace Silva has to be up there as one of his most successful stories as the club’s manager. 

The South American centre-half has been a Rolls-Royce defender that fitted to English football almost seamlessly. It’s no surprise to hear he’s got an elite character, too. He looks a well-liked member of the Blues dressing room that is in a remarkable physical condition at his age.

Silva previously revealed that Lampard had a big role to play in his transfer to the Bridge, so he deserves so much credit.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.