On paper, it may seem like David Luiz betrayed Chelsea. The veteran defender left the club on transfer deadline day to join Arsenal.
Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has said that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was correct by choosing to sell David Luiz to Arsenal. The Brazilian moved across London in a surprise deal which will no doubt leave a bitter taste in the months of many Chelsea fans. Arsenal fans may view it as a bit of revenge for when the Blues snapped up Ashley Cole from them during the summer of 2006.
David Luiz has talked about his decision to leave Chelsea this summer and hinted that he feels that the time was right for a new challenge. The Brazilian joined the Gunners this summer in a shock £8 million deal.
Chelsea and Brazilian star, Willian, are said to have reached an agreement, extending the strikers’ contract for another year.
Chelsea centre-back David Luiz feels happy to have former team-mates Frank Lampard and Petr Cech back at the club. Lampard has succeeded Maurizio Sarri as the new manager of the West London giants while Cech is set to serve the club as a technical adviser after retiring from professional football at the end of last season after his contract with Arsenal came to an end.
Chelsea will need experienced players to be at the forefront and guide the younger talent next season. Realistically, fans cannot expect the Blues to win major silverware next term, though they can expect the club to lay down the foundation for young stars to come through the ranks. The following are two players who are likely to be playing their final season at Stamford Bridge next term.
1. Olivier Giroud
Had the transfer ban not been in place, it is likely that the Blues would have not triggered the option to keep Giroud for a further season. As thing stand, it is uncertain whether Gonzalo Higuain will remain at the club beyond this summer. This could mean that Giroud could end up being the only experienced specialist striker in the team. The Frenchman did not get regular game time in the Premier League during the past season but was an important part of the Europa League triumph as he scored 11 goals from 14 appearances in Europe’s second-tier club competition. Giroud may be past his prime but he will have an important role to play for the West Londoners next season.
2. David Luiz
Luiz was a key part of the Blues defence this past season. He, along with Antonio Rudiger, was used as first-choice centre-back throughout the season. Luiz signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May. At 32 years old, he still has a lot left in him and may have to play a big role for the club next season on and off the field. If however, his body ends up giving up on him or he ends up being overlooked in favour of a younger centre-back, next season could end up being his final one with the Blues. It remains to be seen if Andreas Christensen will be favoured over Luiz next season.
Following the Europa League final, Real Madrid are expected to make a new offer to Chelsea for Eden Hazard. In the coming days, Los Blancos will most likely make a €120 million (£106 million) bid for the winger.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has hit back at Chelsea defender David Luiz after the Brazilian claimed that the Clarets were guilty of anti-football during the 2-2 draw between the teams on Monday. The result would have been frustrating to the Blues even though it left them in fourth place on the standings and in contention to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has said that his side could have beaten Liverpool last Sunday if they took their chances. The West London giants were outdone during the second half of the game after Reds stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah managed to find the back of the net in quick succession.
Chelsea will have to let go of a few players this summer for continuity reasons. One player who the club should let go of in the best interest of the club and player himself is defender David Luiz.
David Luiz has issued a rallying cry for Chelsea in their bid to win the Europa League, with the Brazilian adding the Blues should expect more twists and turns in Europe’s second-tier club competition.
David Luiz is close to signing a new contract with Chelsea as the season nears its business end according to the Evening Standard.
Michael Ballack believes Kepa Arrizabalaga’s teammates should have done more to usher him off the pitch after the Chelsea goalkeeper’s refusal to do so during Sunday’s League Cup final.
Ethan Ampadu hopes to follow Callum Hudson-Odoi’s footsteps at Chelsea while also naming the four players who have helped his development at the club.
David Luiz has denied rumours of a dressing-room coup at Chelsea and insisted under-fire head coach Maurizio Sarri still has the full backing of the Blues squad.
Kia Joorabchian, the agent of David Luiz, has revealed that the Brazilian central defender is currently in the negotiating table with Chelsea over a new contract.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has indicated his club are still in the Premier League title race this season despite their 1-0 defeat against Leicester City on Saturday.
David Luiz’s current contract with Chelsea is set to expire at the end of this season. The Brazil international Luiz struggled for form last season under Antonio Conte and there were rumours suggesting that his second stint with the Blues was due to end.
David Luiz has revealed negotiations with Chelsea over his stay at the west London club are ongoing, with his current deal set to expire next summer.
David Luiz believes that Chelsea controlled the game and tried everything to win in Sunday’s goalless stalemate against Everton at Stamford Bridge.
In the pre-match conference before Chelsea’s match against Cardiff last Saturday, Maurizio Sarri has revealed he has made a decision on who will be the permanent captain of his squad. “I have my idea, I have decided, but before telling you my decision I would like to speak to the players and the club,” said the Italian.
David Luiz insists there is always pressure when playing for a massive club like Chelsea, saying this is the norm rather than the exception.
Ethan Ampadu has been praised by Ryan Giggs following Wales’ 4-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland in the opening game of their UEFA Nations League campaign.
After a whirlwind past couple of months for Willian, in which he courted controversy with an Instagram post, flirted with interest from two Spanish giants and delayed his return to training at Cobham, the Brazilian winger seems to have finally settled at West London.
Chelsea kicked off their new Premier League season with a 3-0 victory away at Huddersfield. N’Golo Kante opened up the scoring with a simple sidefoot 34 minutes into the match before new signing Jorginho struck from the penalty spot just before the break.