Kurt Zouma has opened up on his first impressions of Thiago Silva following the veteran defender’s arrival at Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain.
Silva arrived as part of Chelsea’s impressive summer of recruitment after departing the Champions League finalists, bringing an end to a glittering career in the French capital that delivered seven league titles amongst a huge 18 major honours with the Parisians.
The Brazil international has forged a reputation as one of the world’s best central defenders over the past decade and will now offer his wealth of experience to a Chelsea side that has struggled defensively under Frank Lampard to date.
Fellow defender Zouma has now given an insight into the character of the 36-year-old following his arrival at Stamford Bridge, and says Silva has wasted little time in establishing himself as a leader in an emerging dressing room.
“You can see straightaway, as soon as he walked through the door at Cobham, he gives advice to the players around him, he’s really good with people and you can definitely see he has very good leadership skills,” Zouma told the Chelsea website.
“Everyone has welcomed Thiago into the group and we are all happy he’s with us at Chelsea.
“I’m very excited to work with Thiago, but I don’t think I’m the only one, a lot of the guys here at Chelsea feel exactly the same. We are all excited to play with him and to learn from him. He’s got great experience at the highest level, he’s won a lot of titles and last season he played in the Champions League final.
“For me, he’s got everything. He’s calm on the ball, he can defend very well, his positioning is great. I’m very happy he’s here and excited to learn from him.”