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Thiago Silva says Trevoh Chalobah ‘is the future of Chelsea’


Thiago Silva says Trevoh Chalobah ‘plays like an experienced professional’ (REX/Shutterstock)

Thiago Silva has praised Trevoh Chalobah and believes the 22-year-old ‘is the future of Chelsea’.

Chalobah impressed Thomas Tuchel during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign and was given his surprise first-team debut against Villarreal in the Super Cup in August.

The 22-year-old has quickly established himself as a first-team regular under Tuchel, making 12 appearances in all competitions so far this season.

And Silva believes his fellow centre-back will be a mainstay at Chelsea for years to come.

‘He is a player despite being so young who plays like an experienced professional,’ Silva told Chelsea TV.

‘And that makes me really happy because I’m there alongside him playing the same position and I can see how he’s performing, how he’s developing.

Trevoh Chalobah has impressed after making his first-team breakthrough at Chelsea in August (Getty)

‘Not just anybody can do this, can step up to a team like Chelsea and perform and he’s not doing it because of my help, he’s doing it because of his own abilities.

‘He is a player who I knew from France where he was playing at a lower level for Lorient and he’s made the step up and he’s playing here because he deserves to.

‘Some people said that he didn’t have the ability to do so but he’s made it because of his own capacities. That’s something that makes me really happy because a player like Trevoh Chalobah is the future of this club.’

Silva also praised Reece James and believes the Chelsea right-back is already playing like an experienced member of the squad.

‘I’m probably the right person to ask about Reece James as I’m a massive fan of his,’ said Silva.

‘He may be young but the way he plays you think he’s been playing over 10 years in Chelsea with over 100 caps for England. He is someone who plays with such personality and great physical strength, but also great strength beyond that, and when you put it all together you’ve got yourself an exceptional player.

‘That’s something he’s showing at the moment but he’s still someone who could improve because he’s young and with experience, he’s going to learn even more to become a real world-class talent.’

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