Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz has revealed he asked to leave Chelsea in the summer but denied it was due to a rift with Jose Mourinho.
The Brazilian international will reunite with his former team-mates at Parc des Princes on Tuesday when Chelsea travel to Paris for the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League tie. It will be the first time Luiz has faced his former club since his £50 million move.
With Luiz on the fringes of Mourinho's plans, it was originally believed that the 27-year-old had a strained relationship with the Blues head coach. However, Luiz says that is far from the case and that he instigated the move after deciding his time in west London was over.
Luiz told The Sun: “I decided to leave after the end of the season. Chelsea offered me a new contract and I said to them ‘I’m not feeling the same thing like I was feeling years ago.’
“I had an amazing connection with the fans, my teammates, everyone at the club, but I decided my cycle was finished and I wanted to live a different moment now in my life.”
“I was not feeling good there and I said I wanted to leave”
With Chelsea looking to rebuild in the summer, Mourinho accepted he had to sell squad players to fund moves for the likes of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas. When PSG came calling and Luiz asked to leave, it is no surprise that the Special One did not try too hard to keep him at Stamford Bridge.
A strained relationship
However, Luiz insisted that he maintained a good relationship with Mourinho throughout their time together.
“I was not feeling good there and I said I wanted to leave,” said Luiz.
“He didn’t try too much because I was in Brazil for the World Cup and we just spoke on the telephone.
“He said ‘It’s OK, you can go’.”
“People tried to make stories about me and Mourinho but we never had any history.
“Many times when he doesn’t put David Luiz in, people said there was a problem, but it was natural. I was very happy in Chelsea.”
Confident of qualifying
Despite there being no ill-feeling between Luiz and the Blues, it has not dampened his determination to make the quarter-finals of the Champions League at his former club's expense.
“I want to qualify," he said.
“PSG have the quality to win the Champions League but we need to show it on the pitch.”
Was he right to leave?
Luiz's career was going nowhere at Stamford Bridge while PSG promised to make him an integral part of the team whilst he was also able to link up with international defensive partner Thiago Silva.
There is plenty of question over his £50 million transfer fee, as there should have been, but PSG wanted their man and got him. You can't criticise that - the deal has worked out best for everyone.
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