Thiago Silva has revealed that Frank Lampard sent him a picture of them shaking hands as players before his move to Chelsea.
Frank Lampard was desperate to add defensive reinforcement to his squad after his side conceded lot of goals in the previous campaign.
The 36-year-old joined Stamford Bridge on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in August.
Thiago Silva claims Lampard sealed the deal with a picture of them shaking hands as captains before kick-off in England’s friendly against Brazil at the Maracana in June 2013.
Frank Lampard and Thiago Silva shaking hands as players during 2013 friendly encounter between England and Brazil
And the Brazilian defender says it is a ‘source of pride’ to link up with Lampard at Chelsea.
‘When I was about to sign with Chelsea, when I said ok, he sent me a message with a photo of us shaking hands as captains at the Maracana, in the friendly between Brazil and England,’ Thiago said.
‘It was a big surprise for me, because I didn’t remember that game.
‘I certainly didn’t hesitate to be coached by him. I’m happy that he enjoyed my work so much, I hope to do it in the best possible way to help Chelsea.
‘It is a source of pride to be coached by a player I played against and was one of the greatest midfielders in the world.
‘For me, it is very joyful to share dressing rooms, exchange ideas, and look to help in every way.’
Since signing for Chelsea, Thiago Silva has been a key player
Thiago Silva has impressed since his arrival at Chelsea and has quickly formed a solid partnership alongside Kurt Zouma.
The Brazilian scored his first goal for the London club against Sheffield United in a 4-1 win for the Blues.