Luiz anticipating deadline day madness

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August 31 will always mark a special day in a football fans' calendar, with the close of the Barclays Premier League transfer window - the last opportunity for clubs to sign players from other sides until January 1.

Chelsea have a reputation as being one of the biggest movers and shakers, with this year's mid-season window seeing two marquee signings arrive at Stamford Bridge at the final hour.

Fernando Torres' £50million move from Liverpool to Chelsea was concluded on deadline day, and David Luiz was also the subject of a last minute switch to west London seven months ago.

"I remember it was very hard," he recalls. "I was suffering because it was in the last hours on January 31.

"I still trained for Benfica in the morning and my agent was watching from the side and asked me to come and get ready to go to the airport.


"There was a plane waiting but they said there would not be time to get to London so we had to come out and do everything via fax to get my signature done before the deadline."

Luiz expects there to be a hub of activity concluded today ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline, and revealed he will be thinking of all the players, clubs, agents, and fans involved as the excitement draws to a close, much like the outcome of his own transfer saga.

"I thought I would be staying with Benfica but I put my trust in God," he continued. "And in the end it was okay and I had the opportunity to come to Chelsea.

"I'm very happy here now with the players and all the people, so everything was okay."

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