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Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink rates Thiago Silva transfer and makes Premier League title prediction


Thiago Silva joined Chelsea on a free transfer after leaving PSG (Picture: Chelsea FC)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has praised Chelsea for signing Thiago Silva and says the former PSG defender is a ‘great addition’ to Frank Lampard’s squad.

Silva, 35, joined the Blues on a free transfer last week after ending his eight-year spell at French giants PSG.

The Brazilian won seven Ligue 1 titles while at PSG and helped the club reach last season’s Champions League final, where they suffered a narrow defeat to Bayern Munich.

Hasselbaink expects Silva to thrive at Stamford Bridge and says he will be a positive role model for Chelsea’s youngsters.

‘Thiago Silva will bring with him a wealth of experience and know-how. I understand the signing 100 per cent,’ the former Chelsea striker told GentingBet.

‘Obviously, French football is also different than English football which is more demanding so he will have to look after his body especially as they are involved in the Champions League as well.

‘But he is a great addition. Chelsea have a lot of young players and he will be there to help them.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believe Silva is a ‘great addition’ for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

‘Chelsea have Jorginho who has done that job really, really well. If you look at him during the games when he’s playing, he speaks a lot to the to the young players.

‘I think Thiago Silva will be the same. He’s somebody that that the young players can look up to because he’s won a lot.

‘He’s played a lot for Brazil – he’s been there and done it. He’s also a very calm person who will help the young players relax.’

Silva has been joined at Chelsea by the likes of Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell, with Roman Abramovich sanctioning a spending spree at Stamford Bridge.

But despite the new additions, Hasselbaink does not expect Chelsea to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

He added: ‘Chelsea needed to bring in new faces and they are doing it aggressively. What I like most is that things have been done quickly.

Timo Werner is among a host of new signings at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

‘Timo Werner was done quickly, as was Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. They certainly do need to improve on last season and to do that, they need to get closer to Liverpool and Man City.

‘That gap needs to be closed. Do I think they will be Champions this year or even challenge for the league?

‘No, I don’t think they are there yet, especially with all the new additions coming in who will need to be given time. But they definitely need to make that gap smaller.’

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