Frank Lampard believes Thiago Silva’s experience and leadership is already proving invaluable at Chelsea.
Brazil defender Silva joined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the summer and he has helped the Blues to six clean sheets in his opening seven appearances for the club.
Lampard insists his squad will benefit from the professionalism and high standards Silva has set during his career as the 36-year-old seeks to overcame a language barrier.
“His English is improving, particularly the football side of his English, his words on around the pitch,” head coach Lampard said. “His influence is huge. Without the language his professionalism has been very clear. That rubs off on players, they respect him.
Frank Lampard has given Silva the captaincy at times early into his Stamford Bridge career
“His performances have been very good. He trains well, prepares well and it’s very obvious with him why he has had the amazing career he has had so far. It’s been great to have him in the squad.
“Players look up to him and how he goes about his daily business and how he performs.
“It is great for younger players, every player in the squad. It is certainly a pleasure to coach and manage a player with that much intensity and wanting to perform at the highest level.
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“Even his age doesn’t feel like a big deal with managing him….