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Brazilian star Neymar helped to convince defender Thiago Silva to join Chelsea’ during his summer transfer move from PSG.
(African Stand) — Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar played a key role in convincing Thiago Silva to join Chelsea, according to reports.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has proved a smart operator in the transfer market, overseeing an unprecedented £200million spending spree as he sought out his targets and personally set about persuading them to move to west London.
Among those, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech revealed Lampard played a significant role in convincing them to join, but it seems Silva sought counsel from his Brazilian team-mates before making his decision
The Telegraph claims that amid interest from AC Milan and a new contract offer from PSG, Silva spoke with both Neymar and Willian about his next move.
Neymar, in particular, was reported ‘remarkably clear’ and urged Silva to join Chelsea, advising he would later regret not taking up the challenge if he turned it down.
A source told the Telegraph that Willian joked: “If I’d known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all.”
PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was eager to keep the Brazil captain in the French capital for a ninth season but Silva revealed his plans to leave following August’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich, eager to test himself in a new league.