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Chelsea fullback James: Thiago Silva has taken me under his wing

Chelsea fullback Reece James says Thiago Silva has taken him 'under his wing' this season.

The 36-year-old centre-back has provided a vital veteran presence in Chelsea's young side since signing from PSG last summer.

Academy graduate James is just 21, and the England international is soaking in everything he can from the experienced Brazilian.

When asked by BBC Sport who has played the biggest role in his progress at Chelsea, James replied: "I think, this season, Thiago Silva has probably influenced my career the most so far, just because he is well experienced and played at the very top of the game for the last 15 years.

"He has taken me under his wing, coached me and told me where I need to do better and where I am doing well."

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