Neymar privately told Thiago Silva to leave Paris Saint-Germain and sign for Chelsea this summer, according to reports.
The Blues signed the Brazil international on a free transfer from the French giants last month, with Frank Lampard was keen to add experience to his leaky defence.
The 35-year-old star has spent eight seasons with the Parisians but The Telegraph report that a source close to the player states the defender was ‘immediately’ attracted by the prospect of joining the west London side.
The report also claims that during PSG’s UCL preparations in Lisbon last month, Thiago Silva consulted Neymar and the Brazilian attacker ‘enthusiastically’ told his compatriot to make the move to the Blues.
Chelsea’s hierarchy, including the club’s chairman Roman Abramovich, were understood to be unanimous in their decision to land Thiago Silva, who has the option to extend his one-year deal for a second season.
PSG, however, made a late bid to convince their captain to stay but the Brazilian had already decided his future.
The Telegraph adds that a source at Chelsea has described his role as an ‘unofficial assistant manager on the pitch’.
It’s also believed that the Brazilian centre-back will work closely with Frank’s coaching staff.
‘He is happy to discover the Premier League,’ Thiago Silva’s entourage, Paulo Tonietto, told L’Equipe previous week.
‘We had a lot of offers, but Chelsea are one of the world’s top 10 clubs. Physically, Thiago can play for another five or six years at the highest level.
‘He is an athlete who looks after himself. He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke, he doesn’t party. His life is home – work, work – home.’