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David Luiz thanks Chelsea for great time prior to beating them in Champions League

Though David Luiz received significant criticism for his play at Chelsea during his four-year stint with the club, the PSG defensive midfielder isn’t holding a grudge with the team. In fact, he spoke glowingly about his at Stamford Bridge prior to his new team beating his old one in a 2-1 Champions League win.

In an interview with Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport prior to the match, Luiz explained his decision to leave the club in 2014. He stated that the decision was difficult but necessary and that he felt it was the right moment to depart.

‘It was difficult (to leave) but sometimes you need to understand the cycle has finished,’ he said.

‘And it was the right moment to leave and I did well because I am so happy now like I was at Chelsea. Enjoying my life and career.

Luiz thanked Chelsea for helping his career and expressed gratitude to the club for being a part of their wins in the Champions League and Europa League in back-to-back years.

‘I am so thankful for Chelsea for everything and my history there was great, helping the team to win their first European title and their second. It was good.’

The Brazilian starter made 81 Premier League appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, winning Premier League Player of the Month for March 2011 and the FA Cup later that year along with the Champions League.

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