It’s common knowledge that David Luiz was a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge prior to his big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain, but it would appear that Jose Mourinho was also an admirer to some degree.
The Brazilian has now claimed that he turned down the offer of a new contract from the Blues in order to sign for PSG, with a £50million deal eventually seeing him make the Parc des Princes switch.
David Luiz confession
According to the Daily Mail, Luiz said that it was exactly the right time for him to leave Chelsea, and confirmed he was very happy in Ligue 1. Often harangued for his gung-ho performances with the Blues, much was made over the high figure paid for Luiz, with the Blues seen as having been incredibly fortunate in offloading him for a record-fee paid for a defender.
On another fan-sensitive subject it would seem that Frank Lampard might be kicking about at Manchester City for longer than was first assumed.
The Chelsea legend moved to the Etihad on loan whilst he waits for the MLS season to start so he can link up with New York City, but after an impressive start for the Citizens he could become a more regular fixture.
Lampard scored against his former club when City met them early this season, and has refused to rule out sticking with Manuel Pellegrini’s side until the summer if they want him to. If he was to pledge his future to the Etihad for any longer than the months between now and January it could cause controversy given his close affiliation with Chelsea.
The ex-England international became a cult hero during his time at Stamford Bridge and the idea of him playing for City at all won't have been met with much pleasure by any of the Blues faithful.
Wenger vs Mourinho feud
Meanwhile yesterday’s clash between Chelsea and Arsenal will have given fans plenty of fodder for debate, with Mourinho’s clash with Arsene Wenger dominating the headlines this morning.
The Special One had a shoving match with his north London counterpart which Wenger persists in blaming him for starting, though neither man looks set to face a penalty from the FA. The incident came directly after a meaty challenge from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez, but Wenger insists it was Mourinho who was the sole cause of their encounter on the touchline.