'Do you know?': Rio Ferdinand shares inside info Frank Lampard has told him about Chelsea's £105k-a-week player

Rio Ferdinand has shared some inside information Frank Lampard told him about Chelsea’s Thiago Silva.

Everton boss Frank Lampard, who’s recently returned to management a year on from his Chelsea sacking, was the man who helped persuade Silva move to Stamford Bridge in 2020.

Silva even explained he held a really positive phone conversation with then-Chelsea manager Lampard before his transfer.

Silva, 37, is performing at a world-class level even at his age.

The £105,000-a-week centre-half is an ever-present in Thomas Tuchel’s XI and is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Ferdinand has said Lampard told him the Brazilian defender is so committed in training and wants to be a part of everything. It’s no surprise to hear he’s the ultimate professional when he’s still bossing games as a 37-year-old.

Ferdinand explained: “Do you know what I’ve heard about him as well when Frank has told me about him when he first got him, he said: ‘Rio, he’s on everything. When we’re doing the tactics for the team, he wants to know what’s going on. He’s got a translator sometimes he doesn’t understand English perfectly. He wants to know. He wants to understand everything. He puts his input into it like a proper football man’.”

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Silva’s got 18 months remaining on his Blues deal, so he could end up spending three years in total as a Chelsea player.

It’s pretty much impossible to earn club legend status in a three-year period, but the South American centre-back is giving it his best shot.

He’s already a massive fan favourite due to his near-faultless performances each game.

The calmness and clarity he defends with at the back definitely breathes confidence into teammates around him, which is why he’s a perfect role model to have within the group.

Silva’s passion for the game still shines bright in the latter stages of his career and it’s just a shame he didn’t join Chelsea a few years earlier.

However, he’s earning cult status right now with his dominant performances.

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