"The longevity of both those players is testament to their professionalism," said Lampard.
"I have seen that in the short term I've worked with Thiago, and I know that even better with Branna from our long time together at Chelsea.
"He's had an incredible career. A determined, talented, give-it-everything kind of defender and person that I am extremely close to. I'm delighted he's got an opportunity to have another go at the Premier League. It was a pleasure to play with him and I'm looking forward to seeing him. I love him!"