October 16, 2021


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Frank Lampard hails new Chelsea ‘leader’ Thiago Silva despite language barrier

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The Brazil defender is not yet match-sharp, so will not make his Chelsea debut in Sunday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

But while the 35-year-old is hard at work on Chelsea’s Cobham training pitches, the former Paris St Germain centre-back has also been hitting the books in a bid to fast-track his adjustment to life in England.

“Thiago doesn’t speak the language that well, but that’s something we’re working on very quickly,” said Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

“But we have a lot of players in the squad who are multilingual and will help with that.”

Silva will turn 36 next week but Chelsea have been unfazed about his advancing years, given his vast experience and continued high levels of play.

The 89-cap Brazil defender excelled across eight years in Paris before making the switch to Chelsea, and while Silva might be battling the language barrier he is already making his presence felt.

“Thiago is certainly a leader, he brings that with him by nature,” said Lampard.

“By his presence, by his attitude in training, by the quality of player that he is, he commands respect.

“I look forward to having him around. He already seems very engaging and intent on helping the team, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach.”

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