Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is happy to welcome former AC Milan and PSG star, Thiago Silva to the club.

The Brazilian joined Chelsea on a free transfer and signed a one year deal with an option for a further year.

Lampard expects the 35-year-old to bring experience and leadership to the squad.

“With Thiago Silva, we are looking at a player I know very well, pretty much as we all do,” he told

“He brings great experience for us, he is still playing at a massively high level, as we saw in the Champions League final and games towards the final, so I expect him to come and bring that, bring his experience, leadership and his qualities. It is going to be very important for us.”

The boss also talked about Thiago Silva being a role model for young players in the Chelsea squad.

“We have a relatively young squad,” he continued.

“We saw that last year, there were games afterwards when I was probably asking for more voice and some more leadership in different ways and he brings that naturally straight away, and also on the pitch he can help talk and be the player that he is which means affecting others.

“On those levels, I hope he brings that. I am pretty sure he will with the qualities we know he has, so I am excited for when he joins up.”

Thiago Silva is currently on holiday and is likely to miss Chelsea’s opening Premier League clash against Brighton.