The Brazilian defender signed for French giants PSG this summer…
Brazil international centre back David Luiz has told how he turned Chelsea’s new contract offer down this summer ahead of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
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The PSG star will face his former employers for the first time on Tuesday as the Blues meet the French giants in a Champions League last 16 tie in Paris.
Despite turning the West London club down over the summer, Luiz has played down rumours of a rift with Jose Mourinho. The Brazilian left Stamford Bridge for a reported £50 million and it is clear his decision to depart Stamford Bridge was due to limited playing opportunities.
“I decided to leave after the end of the season,” Luiz told the Telegraph.
“Chelsea offered me a new contract and I said to them ‘I’m not feeling the same thing like I was feeling years ago’.
“Great life in London, great moments, we were champions of Europe, I had an amazing connection with the fans, my team-mates, everyone at the club.
“But I decided my cycle was finished and I wanted to live a different moment now in my life.
“I was not playing as much as the previous season but I played all the big games well — in different positions.
“People tried to make stories about me and Mourinho but we never had any history. He was the boss and decided who plays and who doesn’t.
“But many times when he doesn’t put David Luiz in people said there was a problem. But it was natural. I was very happy in Chelsea.”
Interestingly, Luiz also revealed that Mourinho did little to tempt the defender to stay, saying the two simply spoke on the phone while he was in Brazil for the World Cup and he was given the all clear to leave.
The defender has been a regular in the PSG side this season, playing 25 games and even bagging two goals.