Chelsea centre-back David Luiz has been in talks with the club over signing a new deal, Maurizio Sarri confirmed. The 32-year-old Brazilian is out of contract at the end of the season and no extension has been agreed as of yet with the Premier League club.
Chelsea are making moves to ensure he does not depart on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to Sarri. “I don’t know on David Luiz staying. I know that he had a meeting four or five days ago, but then my mind was on this match. Didn’t ask him the result of it. If you want, I will ask him.”
Former Napoli coach Sarri has struggled to win over some supporters at Stamford Bridge in his first campaign at the helm and fans have aired their displeasure over his style of play. Yet David Luiz, who has been a regular under Sarri this term, prefers the current Chelsea boss’ tactics to those deployed by his predecessors.
“The way he plays football is the way I love football. It’s the way I enjoy football, not just playing but watching. I love his philosophy. A lot of people used to say Chelsea don’t control games – or Chelsea just play counter-attacks and defend. Now we control all games and they criticise us because they don’t think we win games with possession. His philosophy is amazing. He’s trying to play football; this takes time. We are trying to improve as soon as possible.”
Though his methods have been questioned, Sarri still led Chelsea to the EFL Cup final. While they are not only fourth in the Premier League but also through to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. Securing a top-four finish while winning a European trophy would constitute an impressive campaign, according to David Luiz.
“I think it’s the best way to finish the season. But a good season for Chelsea is always to fight for every title. If you win the Europa League and finish in the top four it will be great. But big clubs always think with ambition. We want to win titles.”