Chelsea star Thiago Silva has £17,000 gadget in his house to help him keep fit

Chelsea veteran Thiago Silva has proved age is just a number this season, hitting the ground running since his Stamford Bridge switch.

The Blues defender, 36, has shored up the defender under both Frank Lampard and more recently, Thomas Tuchel.

And Silva has a nifty, yet expensive, gadget in his home that helps him to keep in shape as he nears the final years of his career.

"There are a few but, for example, before this interview I also did a daily two-hour session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy to speed up my recovery," he told FourFourTwo.

"I have a special chamber set up at home, where I breathe pure oxygen at high pressure – that helps to increase levels in the blood. I started doing it seven years ago in Paris, when I was struggling to fully recover from an injury.

"The physiotherapist I used to work with at Fluminense and Milan, Marcelo Costa, began to research recovery measures and looked at what NBA players do. Given they play loads of matches in a really short time period, their recovery must be spot on, so we felt it would be an excellent benchmark.

"As it was for the benefit of my career in the long term, I saw it as an investment rather than an expense – it cost $23,000 to get one from the US! Last year, I decided to invest in a bigger one for $24,000, with more space to move my body and be comfortable.

"I lent my old one to Luiz Gustavo and then to Dante, who was on the mend from a serious knee problem. Jorginho saw a photo I posted online and asked what it was, so I invited him to my place to give it a try.

"He’s since bought one for himself – but I don’t earn commission at all, OK? [Laughs] I usually use it after lunch every day – if I’m injured, it’s twice daily."

Silva only signed an initial one-year deal after leaving PSG last summer.

However, the fan favourite is expected to pen an extension to his Chelsea deal in the near future.

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