On Tuesday, August 30, David Luiz was linked with a surprise return to Chelsea.
The following day - transfer deadline day - Luiz was official confirmed a Chelsea player.
The Brazilian’s incredible move from Paris Saint-Germain was the most surprising deal of the entire summer and came completely out of the blue.
Luiz didn’t have time to say goodbye to his PSG teammates, such was the swiftness of the transfer. Given that the £32 million bid came one day before the deadline, there was no time for farewells.
So the 29-year-old decided to return to the French capital on Monday in order to put a bow on his two years as a PSG player.
Luiz causes mayhem
There was no tears on Luiz’s return. Just laughter and pranks. As the crazy defender will have wanted it to be.
His former teammates, including Hatem Ben Arfa and Thiago Silva, looked pretty stunned to see Luiz back in Paris. Meanwhile, Serge Aurier and Kevin Trapp probably wish he’d never returned.
In footage of his return, Luiz slaps Aurier and kicks a ball at Trapp. Standard behaviour from the former Benfica man.
Check out the video below.
Chelsea fans are excited
Chelsea fans probably thought they’d seen the last of Luiz when he joined PSG for £50m in 2014. And they weren’t too distraught, either - Luiz was hardly the most reliable of players.
But the reaction from Blues supporters upon his return was one of delight. Quite what Luiz has done in the two years since he left to convince fans that he’s now a rock-solid defender isn’t clear, but who are we to take away their excitement?
“I’m delighted to return to Chelsea,' the Brazil international told the club's official website following his move. “We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success.
“I always had a wonderful relationship with the fans and I am looking forward to wearing the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge once again.”
Three in defence?
Luiz is in line to make his second Chelsea debut at Swansea on Sunday, although where he will feature in Antonio Conte’s defence isn’t clear.
It is thought that Conte might switch to three centre-backs, Luiz joining John Terry and Gary Cahill in front of Thibaut Courtois.
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