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David Luiz thanks Chelsea ahead of PSG move

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David Luiz has thanked Chelsea ahead of his proposed £50m move to PSG, according to Sky Sports.

The player’s move to the French champions was agreed financially on Friday evening, with £50m being the amount that the move could rise to.

The 27-year-old Brazilian said, "Thank you Chelsea for three years and a half of a great partnership.

“I gained friends, matches and titles that will always live on in my memory.”

If the move does indeed go ahead, Luiz will become by far the world’s most expensive defender.

Currently, Thiago Silva’s €42m move from AC Milan to PSG is the largest amount paid for a defender. 

Luiz went on to say, "I thank the staff, players and fans! Geezers! This story wouldn't have been possible without you.

"I am sad to leave because of the friends that will stay but I am happy to be on my way to another big European club and to go to a city that has always fascinated me.”

The player moved to Stamford Bridge in 2011 for a reported £21.3m fee, with Nemanja Matic a make-weight in the deal.

Whilst the player has featured in 143 games for Chelsea, he has been criticised on a number of occasions for his poor positioning in defence.

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville famously said that Luiz “plays like he's being controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation."

Neville did in fact come to eat his words when Luiz performed brilliantly in a defensive midfield role; a position that he has now occupied on a number of occasions for the Blues.

However, current manager Jose Mourinho has used the player less frequently in defence, due to the blossoming partnership of Gary Cahill and Captain John Terry.

The Brazilian’s hopes of instead appearing in midfield were also mostly dashed by the return of Nemanja Matic from Benfica.

The increased competition has meant that Luiz made only 19 league appearances last season.

Mourinho will indeed be happy at securing such a high fee for a player who does not generally fit into the Portuguese’s plans.

Luiz will certainly be hoping that he is a regular starter at PSG.

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