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Aston Villa No2 Terry likens Chelsea defender Thiago Silva to Desailly

Chelsea great John Terry has been impressed by Blues summer signing Thiago Silva.

Terry has noticed the Brazilian's leadership qualities and likened him to other iconic centre-backs to play in the Premier League.

"It's so good to have him in and around the football club because the likes of Kurt Zouma, Fikayo Tomori, Andreas Christensen – to have that kind of experienced player, to see what Thiago has done in the game, to learn from him on a daily basis," Terry told the Sports Gazette.

The Aston Villa assistant coach compared Thiago Silva's role with our young centre-backs to what Marcel Desailly was to him.

"When I first came through, I had Desailly to guide me through and talk to me – just that communication level is going to serve them so well.

"I hope every defender there is talking to Thiago and learning as much as they can from him."

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