When the rumours first appeared linking David Luiz to a deadline day return to Chelsea, they were dismissed as ridiculous and lazy journalism.
Fast forward to Wednesday evening, though, and the sight of the Brazilian defender posing in front of a Chelsea advertising board meant those doubters were emphatically proved wrong, as Luiz sealed a shock £30 million return to Stamford Bridge.
Considering his cult status during his first stint in west London, the centre-back's return is sure to go down well with Chelsea fans. And now their new signing has spoken about his whirlwind transfer for the first time.
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Speaking to Chelsea TV moments after his transfer from PSG had been confirmed, Luiz offered some insight into the dramatic last 24 hours, as well as his excitement at the challenge that lies ahead.
"It is fantastic to have this second opportunity to play for this club. I love this club so that is why I am here," he said. "Let's try to carry on the nice history...and try to get success.
"(In) football anything can happen. Everybody knows I have a feeling for this club...So, of course, sometimes I can imagine that (I return to Chelsea). Today
"Today I am very, very happy to be here. It will be an amazing, amazing opportunity to show the fans again how I love this club, how I love to play for this club. So I cannot wait to wear the shirt and play in Stamford Bridge again."
Asked if he still had some "unfinished business" after winning numerous trophies but missing out on a Premier League medal during his first spell at the club, Luiz explained.
"I think this is the past. We need to win again.
"Of course, I want to win the Premier League, but, of course, I want to win all the titles again.
"I am here because I have ambition to play for a big club, and when you play for a big club you have to think about winning every single match."
The Chelsea favourite then offered a message directly to fans.
"I'm back. I cannot wait to see you guys and to give back what you guys gave to me in the first period I was here. Let's enjoy."
Just 24 hours ago, few Chelsea fans would have imagined they'd be hearing Luiz speak about their club as "we". Yet, that is the crazy nature of transfer deadline day.
Antonio Conte needed defensive cover, and it turned out the best option available was ending the Brazilian's two-year stint in Paris.
Whether the move turns out as well as Luiz's first spell at the club remains to be seen, but he is certainly saying all the right things.
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