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Thiago Silva plays in the World Cup at the age of 38 after signing for Chelsea

The defender is hoping to represent Brazil in the competition for the fourth time as he prepares to begin his time at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea defender Thiago Silva is still hoping to represent Brazil at the next World Cup, although he will be 38 at the start of the tournament.

Silva moved to Chelsea on a free transfer this summer and left Paris Saint-Germain after eight seasons with Ligue 1.

During his time in Paris, the Brazilian remained one of the best defenders in the world. He played 315 games and won seven Ligue 1 titles during that eight-year stay.

Most recently, the defender helped PSG achieve the club’s first Champions League crown despite the French side falling in the final against Bayern Munich.

Internationally, Silva has been an important pillar for Brazil since his debut in the senior team in 2008. He has played a total of 89 international matches in three world championships.

And he wants to play for his country at another World Cup, although he would almost certainly be one of the oldest players in Qatar in 2022.

“What motivates me every day is the hunger to win. To win anything within my reach,” he said in an interview with the official Chelsea website.

“When I get to the Premier League my main goal is to win the league title and I’m sure we will fight for it every step of the way. The team is really strong, we have a great coach and me. I came here, to do whatever we can to help us get as close to these goals as possible.

“That’s what motivates me: step on the field and then win, win and win even more. I don’t think about anything else.

“As I said, the prospect of playing in the next World Cup is another thing that really drives me. I will be more or less 38 years old by the time of the next World Cup and I am very motivated to be in good shape for it .

“The work I’m doing to make this happen began a while ago and now Chelsea have given me a great opportunity to keep playing at the highest level.

“What Chelsea represents to me is a source of great happiness and motivation to be part of a new project, a new family and I hope this will be a very special year together.”

Silva is yet to make his debut for Chelsea after missing the first two games of the Premier League season.

Next up for the Blues is a Carabao Cup clash with Barnsley on Wednesday before West Brom visits this weekend for the club’s third Premier League game this season.

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