'It's not easy': Malang Sarr in awe of £105k-a-week Chelsea player that's focused all the time

Chelsea’s Malang Sarr has admitted he’s in awe of how brilliant teammate Thiago Silva actually is.

Silva, 37, is still performing as one of Europe’s top centre-backs during the latter stages of his career.

The £105,000-a-week Brazilian centre-back, who’s earned 105 caps for his country, is usually an absolute rock in Thomas Tuchel’s backline.

He’s by far the oldest player in the squad at Stamford Bridge, but it feels like he’s one of the first names on the team sheet.

23-year-old Blues defender Sarr has given a glowing assessment when discussing Silva. He’s given an insight into what he’s like on a day-to-day basis, explaining he’s the ultimate professional all the time to ensure he stays at the top level.

“Since before I was at Chelsea, back at Nice, I was looking up to Thiago Silva when he was playing for Milan and PSG,” Sarr said.

“He has been an example to me. Seeing him you know what you have to do to be this age and at this level: all the things you have to do outside the pitch.

“It’s not easy to do it because you have to be focused all the time, but if you want to be there that’s what you have to do. It’s just inspiring.”

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Chelsea youngsters very fortunate

It’s an absolute dream for a young emerging player to train and play with legendary defender Silva.

The likes of Sarr and Trevoh Chalobah, in particular, are Blues defenders that are going to be picking Silva’s brain for tips and tricks at every opportunity.

It’s obvious the amount of hard work off the pitch ensures he can still perform at the age of 37, so those standards will be infectious around the dressing room.

Chelsea have hit a rare bump in the road under Tuchel by losing back-to-back games heavily. However, Silva’s the type of calm, composed and experienced character you’d expect to help pull the team through this.

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