How would Thiago Silva fit in at Chelsea?

Thiago Silva, PSG to Chelsea
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There was a time when references to Chelsea Pensioners were not confined to retired soldiers or a hospital. Go back a couple of decades and Stamford Bridge provided a home to a series of ageing imports. For Ruud Gullit and Gianluca Vialli, a stint in London was the postscript to playing careers, each showing his enduring class, and the start of managerial careers that delivered early success.

In one respect, Thiago Silva will be their spiritual successor if he joins Chelsea; not that he is likely to replace Frank Lampard in the dugout but, approaching 36, he is a throwback to a different era of signings. 

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Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly also writes for the National, the Guardian, the Observer, the Straits Times, the Independent, Sporting Life, Football 365 and the Blizzard. He has written for the FourFourTwo website since 2018 and for the magazine in the 1990s and the 2020s, but not in between. He has covered 1500+ games and remembers a disturbing number of the 0-0 draws.