Chelsea are reportedly set to open contract talks with Brazilian international David Luiz, who is in the final year of his current deal at Stamford Bridge.
According to a report by The Sun, Chelsea are eager to tie David Luiz down to a new £125,000-a-week contract, with his current deal set to run out at the end of the season. The Brazilian international has resurrected his second stint at Stamford Bridge since Maurizio Sarri took charge this past summer.
Luiz has now gone through two spells at Chelsea, which have been full of ups and downs. In his second coming at the West London club, the Brazilian international has gone from being one of the first names on the team sheet to being a peripheral figure to now becoming a regular once again, all in just two years.
Indeed, for a long time, it looked like Chelsea were ready to part ways with the 31-year-old, who himself confirmed that he would have departed from Stamford Bridge if Antonio Conte was still in charge of the Blues.
Ever since Maurizio Sarri was appointed as the new Chelsea boss though, the Italian manager has insisted that the Brazilian international is an invaluable member of his squad due to his experience. The West Londoners are now set to open contract talks with Luiz.
The player’s current deal at the Bridge has less than a year left to run out, but Chelsea are ready to offer him a new £125,000-a-week contract. The Premier League leaders are also prepared to make an exception to their unwritten rule of not offering extensions that run longer than a year, instead handing him two more years over the current duration of his deal.
Sarri too, recently talked up the possibility of the Brazilian international staying beyond the current season at Chelsea, saying, “David has a big future here — he will be very useful for us. I don’t know what happened in the past but now he has a good chance.”
Judging by his current stature, it doesn’t look like talks will be prolonged, and the announcement of a renewal should be imminent. A stunning turnaround for the Brazilian international, who looked set to depart from Stamford Bridge this past summer, but is now a key figure for Chelsea, where he’s destined for an extended stay.