Thiago Silva has admitted he was taken aback when he saw Petr Cech back in training and revealed he was like everyone else in their thought process that the legendary goalkeeper would not be taking to the field again.
Of course, the Czech Republic shot-stopper retired from the game two seasons ago and took up a role in helping Frank Lampard communicate with the boardroom, whilst also playing a big role in the transfer market – with one of his most notable influences perhaps coming in the form of Edouard Mendy’s arrival.
However, it seems there is life in the former professional and Silva has revealed he was surprised when he was told by Cech what was happening as the experienced shot-stopper’s name was included in the latest Premier League squad list. Indeed, with the squad list that Chelsea have been able to name, bettors in Austria could certainly look to get some great odds on bets they may wish to place on the Blues across the season.
The 36-year-old is a new signing at Stamford Bridge this season after deciding to leave UEFA Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain after a trophy-laden eight-year spell at the Parc des Princes.
He and Cech speak a little with each other due to their French language skills, and Silva recalled what was said in an interview he did with Esporte Interativo recently.
The South American said: “He’s a guy that we don’t have to discard. His story is very beautiful in football.
“We talk a little, he speaks a little French, so we have a little more dialogue than usual, and the other day I saw him training and asked him why he was training, if it was because he liked it or if he had the chance to be with us.
“He said he was really training so if he was needed, any opportunity, he could play.
“I thought he was done with his career, I was even surprised at that moment he told me, but he’s a guy who has a brilliant career at Chelsea, he’s an idol, and seeing his motivation to help us when possible, we are happy that he’s there. In our daily lives he’s a very important guy, he talks a lot with each player.
“His story speaks for itself, we just have him as a reference and do our job.
“I think he’s ready. From the training I saw, he’s well prepared. If he has an opportunity, an incident with the goalkeepers, he’s prepared and I’m sure Frank also trusts him.”
However, Chelsea will likely want to avoid having to call upon their former shot-stopper as they have spent to acquire Mendy this season.
Kepa Arrizabalga’s career at Stamford Bridge looks to be in real doubt following the Senegal international’s arrival and recent performances will not encourage the Spaniard.
Mendy has managed to keep two clean sheets in his first three matches for the Blues since arriving, keeping out both Crystal Palace and Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League.
The only goal he has conceded was in the EFL Cup, in which Tottenham Hotspur would ultimately go on to win in a penalty shootout.