Chelsea sign Thiago Silva

LONDON – Frank Lampard’s Chelsea makeover gathered pace on Friday with the free transfer signing of former Paris Saint Germain captain Thiago Silva.

Silva, 35, has agreed an initial one-year contract with the Premier League club, who have the option of extending the deal by a further season.

“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,” Silva told Chelsea’s website.

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“See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon.”

Silva’s eight years in Paris ended with the 1-0 Champions League final defeat against Bayern Munich in Lisbon last weekend.

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