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Thiago Silva confident settling quickly at Chelsea: But listen to Ancelotti!

Thiago Silva is confident of settling quickly at Chelsea.

The former PSG captain gave his introductory interview at Chelsea through an interpreter but is confident he will learn English quickly, is ready to be the defensive leader Frank Lampard wants and also insists that his age and the pace of the Premier League is not an issue.

“I'm coming here as an older player so I see that as Frank Lampard and Chelsea want a player with my experience," he said.

“If you want someone as a runner - I'll use the words of Carlo Anelotti in his signing of James Rodriguez. 'If you want someone just to run, sign Usain Bolt.'

“In relation to not speaking English, it's going to be difficult, it always is with a new language, but you are speaking to someone who speaks Italian, French and Spanish and Portuguese.

"The tendency when you learn some languages, others come easier.

“I'd never seen myself in the Premier League previously. That was because I saw it as a difficult style of football personally. I didn't have any desire to play in the Premier League.

"My impression of the football played was that one with long balls, high balls, long shots.

“And at the time I couldn't really see myself playing in that championship. That really didn't appeal to me. But over time I've seen that the championship has developed tremendously.

"There's a lot more technical quality, a lot of teams play with the ball on the ground.

“I will do my best possible and really contribute to this team, this new project. I've accepted this new challenge, it's going to be really good for me.

"Everyone knows that my ambition is to pay in the World Cup in two years' time when I'll be 38. That's a great responsibility."

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