10 The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 23 September 2020 *** Sport Football ‘The doc said my career was over, so I feel like a champion’ By Matt Law football news correspondent New Chelsea signing Thiago Silva recalls his fight against TB and says, at 36, he can deliver in the world’s ‘best championship’ T hiago Silva brought the curtain down on his eightyear stay at Paris St-Germain in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich and, three months on, the Brazilian will begin his Chelsea career against Barnsley in the Carabao Cup. But Silva, who celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday, has no intention of winding down at Stamford Bridge and is determined to keep making the most of his opportunities since being told his career was over 15 years ago. “Now, I am arriving at 36 to play in the best championship in the world,” said Silva through a translator. “The Premier League is usually a championship that brings young players in, but I’m coming here as an older player, so I see that Frank Lampard and Chelsea want a player with my experience. “I’ll use the words of Carlo Ancelotti in his signing of James Rodriguez. If you want someone just to run, sign Usain Bolt. With my experience and the excellent young players here, I want to help Chelsea in this new adventure. “I’ve accepted this new challenge and it’s going to be really good for me. Everyone knows that my ambition is to play in the World Cup in two years’ time when I’ll be 38. That’s a great responsibility.” Aged 21, Silva was diagnosed with tuberculosis while at Dynamo Moscow and spent six months in hospital, ‘With my experience and the young players, I want to help Chelsea in this new adventure’ Chelsea v Barnsley 7.45pm
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