Chelsea have confirmed the signing of central defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old has signed a 1-year contract, with an option to extend for another year, after leaving PSG as a free agent.

The Brazilian recently captained the French giants in the Champions League final and, despite falling to defeat to Bayern Munich, stood out as one of the best performers on the night.

On signing, Silva said: “I am so happy to be joining Chelsea. I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard’s exciting squad for next season and I’m here to challenge for honours. See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon.”

Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva’s proven world-class credentials to our squad.

“Having performed at the highest level for many years, we have no doubt his experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.

“Thiago will be an excellent fit and we hope he can add some new trophies to his impressive list of honours.”

Although Silva’s age indicates that he is not a long-term solution to Chelsea’s defensive calamities, it is believed that Frank Lampard was keen on signing the centre-back for his immense experience and leadership qualities.

Silva is hoping to start a new chapter of his career, having spent 8 years at PSG, and is said to have taken a significant pay cut from roughly £320,000-a-week to £105,000-a-week in order to force the move.