Thiago Silva can provide the leadership and experience Chelsea need to compete for the title this season.

That is the view of Blues striker Olivier Giroud, who believes the 35-year-old Brazil defender is just what Chelsea’s young guns need.

Silva joined Frank Lampard ’s side on a free transfer after leaving Paris St-Germain following their defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

And with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner already signed and Chelsea still trying to bring in Kai Havertz in what could be their biggest spend ever, Giroud is full of optimism.

The France striker said: “He can bring his experience, his background and his leadership. I think the coach took him for that. We have a lot of young players.

Thiago Silva has signed for Chelsea on an initial one-year deal
Thiago Silva has signed for Chelsea to offer experience to the backline

”He still has his qualities, of course, even if like me he is getting a little older, but I'm sure he will bring us a lot.

"He is going to discover a new league and I am sure he will adapt very quickly.

“We have a lot of ambitions this year with the recruitment and I hope we can join the race for the title.”

Olivier Giroud will fight for a place in the team once again this season

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Meanwhile, Giroud himself is not even remotely thinking of walking away from Stamford Bridge ahead of such a promising season.

Despite the arrival of Werner, he added: "I still want to fight for my place.

“I am not naive. The club recruited Timo Werner to play, but we don't have the same profile.

“If it had been a striker with the same profile, I would have been more worried."