Chelsea Defender David Luiz Gushes About Former Club Benfica & Teases Return One Day

?Chelsea defender David Luiz has opened the door to a possible return to Benfica, after confessing his love for the Portuguese side in an interview.

Luiz had a difficult season in 2017/18, starting off the season in poor form before losing his place in the side to young Dane Andreas Christensen amid speculation of a rift with manager Antonio Conte.

He has also struggled a with injury issues and in total only made 10 Premier League appearances, with five more coming in other competitions.

Benfica's Brazilian defender David Luiz

?His situation has led to speculation linking him with a move away from the Blues this summer in order to make a fresh start, and Luiz spoke of his admiration for his old club Benfica in an interview on the YouTube channel Pilhado.

He said, as quoted by ?A Bola: “Benfica is a passion. Benfica is passionate. Benfica comes first, then comes the woman and my family. I usually say ‘Whoever is not Benfiquista but has the opportunity to live what Benfica is, becomes Benfique’.

“As a player, Benfica was where I learned to love and be supportive. I think I’ll finish my career there.”

Luiz first left the club to join Chelsea in 2011 for €25m with Nemanja Matic going in the opposite direction. He had a tricky time adapting to the Premier League and was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for £50m.

He then re-joined Chelsea after a couple of seasons for £34m, but it looks like he could be on the move again this summer. At 31, Luiz is not as mobile as he once was, and may favour a move back to Portugal in a more relaxed, less intense league – he certainly seems keen.


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