Chelsea’s Silva targets another World Cup, Premier League success

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  -Chelsea’s new Brazilian defender, Thiago Silva said the desire play at another World Cup and win trophies in England had prompted him seek a fresh challenge in his mid-30s.


The former Paris St Germain centre back, who is 36 Tuesday, signed a year-long deal plus the option of a 12 months at Chelsea and said he could not wait started.


“Normally, at 35-36… leave the but I’m doing things the other way around,” he told Chelsea’s website.


“It helps when you’re welcomed so warmly, particularly by a coach (Frank Lampard) who played until relatively recently, because in football there are strong preconceptions regarding the age of .”


Silva, who has 89 caps for Brazil and has played in three World Cups, will be 38 when Qatar hosts the next edition in 2022.


“The prospect of playing at the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me. I’ll be or less 38 by the and I’m hugely motivated be in good shape for it,” Silva said.


“What motivates me, day by day, is the hunger to win… everything within my reach.


“Coming to the , my main goal is to win the title and I’m certain we’ll be for that every step of the way,“he said.


Silva missed Chelsea’s opening , including Sunday’s 2-0 defeat by champions Liverpool. They visit promoted West Bromwich Albion Saturday.