Gary Neville names the Chelsea signing that “intrigues” him – and it’s not Havertz or Ziyech


Gary Neville has picked out Thiago Silva as the one Chelsea signing that intrigues him the most.

The centre-back is one of two arrivals at Stamford Bridge this summer who hasn’t cost any money as he is a free transfer after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired at the end of last season.

Tasked with helping improve the Blues’ defensive record, there has been some question marks surrounding the Brazilian’s age.

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And speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football show, the former Manchester United defender outlined the problems Silva could face in the Premier League and is intrigued to see how he fares.

“It’s an unknown. 35, 36 next week, played in the French league now for the last few years,” Neville said. “The intensity of the French league is nothing like our league – that’s not to say Paris Saint-Germain haven’t got world-class players, they’ve just got to a Champions League final.

“But you think of the Premier League, particularly the intensity of this Premier League season, when you think of the fact that it’s a season that’s compact, it’s going to be a massive challenge for him to deal with the intensity, the amount of games, the speed of the football compared to what he’s been used to.

“It’s gonna be a step-up, in that respect.

“Can he play in individual matches? Of course he can, he’s a world-class player.

“But at this stage in his career, it’s an element of when you say, ‘Can Chelsea win the league?’, it’s just a complete unknown if he can improve that defence.

“What’s the goalkeeper gonna be like? What are the young forwards gonna be like?

“But I’m intrigued to know how this world-class defender who has played for many years with Brazil, and has been a wonderful player for PSG, how is he going to do in our league?”

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Given deals for Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, these comments may come as a surprise to some.

Neville and Chelsea fans will have to wait to see Silva in action as Blues head coach Frank Lampard has revealed he won’t feature against Brighton.

“Thiago Silva is now in London but won’t be training with us until the weekend, so I doubt very much he’ll be in contention for the Brighton game,” he told reporters.





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