Chelsea new signing Thiago Silva has revealed why he made the surprise move from PSG to Chelsea this summer.
The Brazilian centre-back was in fine form for French Ligue 1 champions and Champions League finalist, PSG last season but decided to move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.
The 36-year-old revealed the reason behind his decision in an exclusive interview with chelsea.com.
“I came because Chelsea is an amazing team and one of the biggest clubs in the world,” he said.
“It helps when you’re welcomed so warmly, particularly by a coach who played until relatively recently, because in football there are very strong preconceptions regarding the age of players.
“But I know about his experience when he first arrived at Manchester City, theoretically at the end of his career. He endured the same sort of thing as I’ve gone through.
“So even from the outside, without knowing me personally, he knows how hard I work to remain at the highest level. The confidence that he showed in me – that was all it took.
“For me, that confidence was the single most important factor. To hear that he believed in me, that he thought that I could come here and make a positive contribution. With our young group, as well as some more experienced players like our captain [Cesar] Azpilicueta, we’ve got all it takes for a great season.
“You can be sure that I’ll do everything I can to repay that confidence out on the pitch. We’ve signed some top players and we’ve got a squad capable of putting together a great season so that’s what we’re going to try and do.”