Classy Thiago Silva 'grateful' to Frank Lampard for helping him at Chelsea but happy to reunite with ex-PSG boss Tuchel

THIAGO SILVA has again paid tribute to axed boss Frank Lampard.

When the Brazilian joined Chelsea last summer, he admitted that he 'wouldn't be here' without Lampard.

But his pal was ruthlessly sacked last week, following a poor run in the Premier League.

A potentially awkward reunion with former PSG boss Thomas Tuchel followed, although the 36-year-old veteran insisted that he was happy to link up with the German again.

He said: "I had two unbelievable years with Thomas Tuchel in Paris, so it’s a special moment for me with his arrival here."

After Chelsea posted these quotes on Instagram, however, Silva was at pains to again thank Lampard.

He posted on his Insta story: "Remembering that I am very grateful to Lampard for what he did for me here!!"

Silva also wrote at the time: "I would like to thank you for everything you and your committee have done for me since the day I arrived. as i told you, it seemed like we had been working together for 10 years !!

"Thank you very much for everything legend."

His reunion with Tuchel may have been a frosty one, however, after he admitted that it was 'predictable' that the 47-year-old would be sacked by former club PSG.

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He told RMC Sport in December: "It’s difficult but it was predictable that this was going to happen.

"Not now, but being inside, we knew there were situations that had to be changed.

"In my opinion, [sporting director] Leonardo took the situation in hand, he made his choice.

"We do not know if it was good, it was not at all for Tuchel and his staff. This change was not planned at this time."

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