David Luiz has revealed that Chelsea offered him a new contract before he eventually decided to join Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian was struggling to get into Jose Mourinho's team last season and had been rumoured to be the first out of the exit door once the summer window opened. Those rumours proved true as PSG sealed an incredible £50 million deal before the World Cup had even started.
The contract claim
It was a stunning fee to pay for a defender with a questionable level of discipline and it was no surprise Chelsea accepted to offer. It gave them the funds to buy Cesc Fabregas, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa, who have each made a difference to the squad.
However, Luiz claims that Chelsea did not want him to leave and even offered him an improved contract before he eventually decided to make the move to France's capital city.
He is quoted in The Mirror as saying: “I am sure that there will be some stories about Jose and me and why I was sold. But the truth is we both like each other as men.
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“The truth was that Chelsea were offering me a new contract and it was my decision to leave Stamford Bridge. I could have signed a new contract and stayed, but when I knew of the interest from PSG I knew it was time for a new challenge.”
Jose Mourinho contrast
That is quite the contrast to what Mourinho said when the deal was confirmed. The Special One was quick to claim that his Chelsea team would be stronger without Luiz in it; something that has since proved correct.
When asked in August whether he would miss Luiz, Mourinho said: "As a central defender not at all, it was John Terry and Gary Cahill the whole season."
"In midfield he was an physical guy and gave us important things, especially in the Champions League when Matic couldn't play.
"But this season Matic can play in the Champions League so we don't lose that physicality."