Brazilian defender signs on for two more years at the club
It was confirmed earlier today that David Luiz has a contract extension with Chelsea, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2021.
The Brazilian had been in negotiations with the club throughout this season and Luiz put pen to paper on a two-year extension, which is surprising to see as this breaks the usual club policy of thirty-plus-year-old players only usually receiving a maximum of one.
The centre-back has been at the heart of the Blues’ defence this season, making 48 appearances across all competitions and scoring three goals, helping in the club’s return to the UEFA Champions League as well as Chelsea’s place in the upcoming Europa League Final.
Upon extending his stay in west London, Luiz said the following:
“I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunity to stay. I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player.– David Luiz
It means a lot to reach another European final, and we still have the opportunity to finish in the top three of the Premier League this season and I will continue to try to do my best to help the team.”
Club director Marina Granovskaia also gave her thoughts:
“We are delighted David Luiz will be staying with the club.– Marina Granovskaia
He has set the perfect example to those around him throughout the campaign and been a huge influence on and off the pitch.
With the Europa League final still to come, we hope to finish off the season with silverware and David will be central to that success in Baku and beyond.”
So David has signed a 2-year extension and I can personally understand why it was given to him.
The club is still worried about the transfer ban that is still currently imposed on them by FIFA and from a ‘dressing room’ perspective, it made sense to keep Luiz at the club as he does offer something to the team both on and off the pitch as he is only one of the very few, genuine ‘leader’ type players we have right now.
What I also like about this deal is that by the club breaking its own policy for the ’30-plus-year-olds’, it shows that Granovskaia and Roman Abramovich have confidence and are showing that they are backing Maurizio Sarri.