Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville has revealed his thoughts on Thiago Silva’s move to Chelsea in the summer.
Chelsea signed the 35-year-old Brazilian who helped PSG reach the Champions League final on a free transfer but Neville is not convinced he can handle the Premier League at his age.
“It’s an unknown. 35 [years old], 36 next week, played in the French league now for a number of years,” Neville said on Monday Night Football, as quoted by Sport Review.
“The intensity in the French league is nothing like our league. That’s not to say Paris Saint-Germain are not a great team, they just got to the Champions League final, but you’re talking about the Premier League. Particularly the intensity of this Premier League season, it’s compact.
“It’ll be a massive challenge for him in terms of the amount of games, the speed of football compared to what he’s been used to. It’ll be a step up in that respect.
“Can he play in matches, can he play at this level? Of course, he can, he’s a world-class player.
“But at this stage in his career… again when you ask if Chelsea can win the league, it’s just a complete unknown. Will he adapt?”
Silva missed Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton but could make his Chelsea debut against Liverpool on Sunday.