Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery has confirmed that he wanted to keep David Luiz at the club but that the Brazil international opted to rejoin Chelsea.
Instead of staying with the French champions, the 29-year-old defender completed his return to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day for a reported £34 million fee on a three-year deal.
PSG were beaten 3-1 on their last outing by Monaco, and ahead of the visit of Saint Etienne, here's what their 44-year-old Spanish boss has said regarding Luiz's departure.
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"The transfer window is over," stated Emery, speaking to reporters prior to his side's Ligue 1 fixture tomorrow. "I wanted David Luiz here but he said he had a good offer from Chelsea and he wanted to leave.
"He knew my position, then he spoke with the club and he obtained his agreement. Today we have three central defenders and Serge Aurier can evolve into a central defender with a little work. He can help the team if needed."
PSG short of defensive options
The immediate consequence of Luiz's move to Chelsea is how short it has left PSG of defensive options. Emery's first-choice central defensive partnership at the start of this campaign has been Luiz alongside promising youngster Presnel Kimpembe.
This is, in part, because Marquinhos represented Brazil at the Olympic Games in Rio, while world-class centre-back Thiago Silva is still recovering from a hip injury and is yet to feature this term.
On his captain, Emery claimed, "Silva is an important player for the team, a reference for the other players. We'll see how he feels tomorrow but I will not take risks. We will not rush him."
Luiz to play in defence for Chelsea
Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed that he will use Luiz as a central defender and not in a defensive midfield role, strongly suggesting that the Italian will revert to his preferred 3-5-2 formation which has served him so well.
Conte used the system at Juventus, where he won the Serie A title in each of his three seasons and helped produce one of the most formidable defensive units in Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini - not to mention the legendary Gianluigi Buffon behind them.
With centre-back's such as Luiz, Gary Cahill, Kurt Zouma, Branislav Ivanovic and skipper John Terry, the 47-year-old will hope to make his new club just as solid, starting with the trip to Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.
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