Former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has hailed the club’s capture of Brazilian star Thiago Silva.

The 35-year-old central defender joined Chelsea on a free transfer and signed a year deal with an option for another year.

Hasselbaink says he’s a great addition to the squad and expects him to help the young players.

“Thiago Silva will bring with him a wealth of experience and know-how. I understand the signing 100 per cent,” he told GentingBet as quoted by Metro.

“Obviously, French football is also different than English football which is more demanding so he will have to look after his body especially as they are involved in the Champions League as well.

“But he is a great addition. Chelsea have a lot of young players and he will be there to help them. Chelsea have Jorginho who has done that job really, really well. If you look at him during the games when he’s playing, he speaks a lot to the young players.

“I think Thiago Silva will be the same. He’s somebody that the young players can look up to because he’s won a lot.

“He’s played a lot for Brazil – he’s been there and done it. He’s also a very calm person who will help the young players relax.”

The former PSG star will arrive in London this week to begin his Chelsea career.