Former Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain coach Paul Clement has revealed that Frank Lampard texted him to ask his opinion about Thiago Silva before Chelsea moved to sign the defender.
The 36-year-old centre-back has had a transformative impact at Stamford Bridge this season and has provided the leadership to help the club overcome last season’s defensive problems.
Chelsea have the most clean sheets in the Premier League this season and they are now competing among the top contenders for the title.
Having worked at PSG as well as at Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich with Ancelotti, Clement was well placed to offer his advice to the Blues manager and he only has positive feedback for Lampard.
“I had a brief text exchange with Frank about him and I shared my opinion and I am glad he took him and that it has worked out up until this point,” Clement told Goal.
“It was definitely a different time when I worked with him at PSG. He was 27 and he was a big signing at the time. For PSG to sign a major player at an amazing age from Milan at that time was a big coup. He was at the peak of his powers.
“PSG got the best out of him for sure over many seasons. He has an incredible trophy tally, I think it was over 30 trophies with leagues, cups and close to the Champions League but he didn’t quite get there.
“He is a really good player with the ball at his feet. He was quick and athletic without being the biggest but he is tough and aggressive. He is a leader and a winner. Since he has gone to Chelsea, at 36 years old, to go in at that level of the competition, he has done extremely well.”