"I'm very happy about the signature of Thiago Silva," explained Carlo Ancelotti. "He is a fantastic player. Everyone knows he is one of the best defenders in the world. Along with Silva, Alex, we have some excellent central defenders and I will choose the best combination to play. I won't forget our other defenders who work hard. I know Thiago Silva because I coached him for six months. I think he will improve the team's defensive quality because, I repeat, he really is one of the best in the world. The club has done a fantastic job to sign such an important player."