Chelsea com­plete Silva free trans­fer

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Ja­son Burt

Thi­ago Silva has com­pleted his move to Chelsea, the Brazil­ian in­ter­na­tional de­fender has signed a one-year deal with an op­tion for a fur­ther 12 months that can be ex­er­cised by ei­ther party at the end of the forth­com­ing sea­son.

Silva, who will be 36 next month, was a free agent af­ter his con­tract with Paris St-Ger­main ran out fol­low­ing the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal on Sun­day. PSG con­firmed his de­par­ture, with the player com­plet­ing a med­i­cal in Milan be­fore sign­ing his Chelsea con­tract.

There have been sug­ges­tions that Silva might be in­stalled as Chelsea cap­tain, but it is un­der­stood this will not be the case, partly due to his lim­ited English. He will fly to London to­day to be­gin a 14-day pe­riod of iso­la­tion be­fore join­ing up with the Chelsea squad.

Silva won seven league ti­tles in France af­ter sign­ing from AC Milan and is de­ter­mined to carry on play­ing at the top level, tar­get­ing the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

Nasser Al-Khe­laifi, the PSG chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “Thi­ago (Silva), thank you for eight years of un­for­get­table mem­o­ries, lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment. You are one of the greats.”

Silva had al­ready said his farewell to PSG fans in a so­cial me­dia post on Wed­nes­day. “To­day a cy­cle ends. I would like to thank the team... for all these happy mo­ments in the city of light,” he said.

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