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After eight trophy-laden years with Paris Saint-Germain, many of which were as captain, the Brazilian centre-back has joined the Blues on a free transfer at the age of 35.
He's one of a number of new additions to Frank Lampard's side going into the new campaign but is now the only player hailing from Brazil after Willian signed for London rivals Arsenal following the expiration of his contract.
However, the former Shakhtar Donetsk winger might not have moved to the Emirates had he known his international colleague's next steps.
As per The Telegraph, Willian's response to the deal was: "If I'd known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all."
Neymar, Silva's teammate at club and international level, is said to have played a key role in him signing for Chelsea and urged him to take the new challenge so late in his career.
Speaking after penning a short-term deal with Chelsea, former AC Milan man Silva said: "I am so happy to be joining Chelsea.
"I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard's exciting squad for next season and I'm here to challenge for honours.
"See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon."
Silva's arrival strengthens a defence that leaked far too many goals last term, while it also looks set to bring about a loan move for Fikayo Tomori.
After playing 15 times in the Premier League in a breakthrough campaign last term, the 22-year-old is reportedly close to joining Everton for the 2020/21 season.
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