Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Thiago Silva on a free transfer.

The veteran centre-back, 35, has signed a one-year contract with the Premier League club holding an option to extend that for a further 12 months.

Silva left PSG as a free agent after the Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich and has expressed his excitement about playing under Frank Lampard and in the Premier League.

Looking ahead to his new challenge, Silva said: “I am so happy to be joining Chelsea. I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard’s exciting squad for next season and I’m here to challenge for honours. See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon.”

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to be able to add a player of Thiago Silva’s proven world-class credentials to our squad.

“Having performed at the highest level for many years, we have no doubt his experience and quality will complement the many exciting talents we already have here.