Despite a fine individual performance on his second debut for Chelsea against Liverpool last Friday, David Luiz was made to wait until Tuesday night before he was able to taste victory in a blue shirt once again.
Luiz looked relatively assured during Chelsea's dramatic comeback from two goals down to win 4-2 after extra time over Leicester at the King Power Stadium and send Antonio Conte's men into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
After the game, Luiz and the rest of his Chelsea teammates went over to applaud the travelling support in the away section of the ground and the Brazilian fairly innocuously gifted his shirt to one fortunate fan who had come to watch the game.
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But it turns out that it wasn't just any fan who had received the jersey, as Luiz explained in an Instagram post on Wednesday afternoon.
As it happens, the young man Luiz approached is a particularly dedicated supporter who heavily praised the defender during his first spell at Stamford Bridge.
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The 29-year-old rejoined the Blues in a deadline day deal worth £34 million but paid tribute to the unnamed fan who he has since been reunited with in a heart-warming post.
"First time I saw him, he was running from the stadium until my hotel to say hello to me 5 years ago, and many others times until my home! He always was so respectful with me and many times he just want to say 'congrats for the game and good night'," Luiz wrote.
"So last week after the game against Liverpool I was totally in shock, when I arrived at the hotel, I saw one guy running screaming my name and telling me to wait, and when I saw the ex-little boy, now so big, making the same action just to say to me, 'We support u and the team, good night David' I just said tks God, to give me this job and opportunities to met people like this little boy, now a big guy!"
Footballers often get maligned for their behaviour and usually nonchalant relationship with supporters so Luiz definitely deserves credit for giving something back to one of the people who pay to watch him play.
It might take a little bit more than giving his shirt away to improve Luiz's reputation with fans of opposing teams, however, the gesture does show there is more to the frizzy haired centre-half than meets the eye.
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