PSG shattered a few transfer records when they went all out and splurged a whopping £50m to acquire the services of David Luiz. The signing made Luiz the costliest defender in the history of football.
When Luiz left the club, Chelsea manager Mourinho claimed that the defender was no longer wanted at the London club. The manager said that Luiz was no longer required as the club well covered in the centre-back position and his secondary position as a defensive midfielder. However, David Luiz has a different story to tell as the Brazilian claims that the club had made efforts to hold on to him.
“Chelsea offered me a new contract to stay but it was my choice to come here,” he said. “I was happy with the plan PSG offered to me and I think it was exactly the right moment to move. I was so happy at Chelsea – I won two titles, I won another title for the FA Cup, so it was great for me.
“I’m a lucky guy. I was playing for a big club in Chelsea and now I’ve got another opportunity to play for a big club.”
Luiz played an important role in PSG’s recent win against Barcelona in the Champions League. The defender scored a goal and put in a decent performance for his new club. However, domestically PSG are not exactly doing well as the club is placed 3rd in the league table, 7 points behind leaders Marseille. On the other hand, his former club are completely dominating in England as Chelsea are top of the table and haven’t lost a single game as yet.
When asked about what he thinks of Chelsea’s performance so far and how he feels about it, Luiz said, “I made my choice and I’m happy with my choice. I’m happy to see my friends at Chelsea playing very well, and I’m happy to be here.
“They’ve been doing very well for many, many years. It’s important to finish well, not just the beginning.”
PSG recently drew 1-1 against Monaco making their position even more difficult in the Ligue 1. David Luiz’s performance in the game was similar to what he displayed in most of the games at Chelsea. He made mistakes and lost possession in dangerous areas but also made one goal-saving tackle on Lucas Ocampos which was perfectly timed. Despite his team under-performing, Luiz maintains that PSG can do better and win the ultimate prize, the Champions League.
“Of course – this is the plan we have,” he said. “We have a great, great coach and it’s a great club. It’s so difficult to win the Champions League – you have to win game by game. You need to qualify first if you want to win.”
Ligue 1 has often been criticized for lack of quality beneath the top clubs, but Luiz considers the league to be at par with the English Premier League. The Defender said, “I think here the level is high as well. You can see many teams are playing very well. Of course it’s a bit different about the intensity and the style they play. Here it is more quality than physical.”