David Luiz returns
news Wed 31 Aug 2016
David Luiz is a Chelsea player once more having completed a return to Stamford Bridge following two years at Paris Saint-Germain.
On signing a three-year contract, he said: 'I'm delighted to return to Chelsea. We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success.
'I always had a wonderful relationship with the fans and I am looking forward to wearing the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge once again.'
The 29-year-old (pictured above with technical director Michael Emenalo) was a key member of the Chelsea team which won the Champions League and FA Cup in 2012, as well as the Europa League a year later.
The addition of the versatile and talented Brazilian to our current squad provides Antonio Conte with a number of options as the Blues look to build on our strong start.
David Luiz enjoyed a fruitful two seasons in France, winning a host of honours and helping PSG dominate the domestic game there, as well as playing against the Blues in the Champions League in both 2015 and 2016.
He was a hugely popular figure among Chelsea supporters during his previous spell at the club due to a combination of his fierce determination, technical ability and a penchant for spectacular goals. His first in a Chelsea shirt was a fine strike in a 2-1 win over Manchester United and fans will also remember a stunning strike away at Fulham in 2013. En route to Europa League success he scored vital goals in both legs of our semi-final win over Basel, the second of which was a fantastic left-footed effort from distance.
A year earlier, on our way to lifting the Champions League, he was also integral to the fortunes of the team.
In the never-to-be-forgotten comeback against Napoli, David Luiz and John Terry stood firm as the Italians chased what could have been a decisive second away goal, and having missed both legs of the semi-final against Barcelona through injury, he returned for the Munich final, playing through the pain barrier for 120 minutes and scoring in the penalty shoot-out as we were crowned European champions.
During his final season at the club before departing, the Brazilian produced more fine displays, including in midfield in the away win at Manchester City and the 6-0 demolition of Arsenal, as well as the Champions League victory over PSG as we turned a 3-1 first-leg deficit on its head to progress.
David Luiz, who has been capped over 50 times for Brazil and played at the 2014 World Cup, scored his first goal for PSG in a Champions League win over Barcelona and ended his maiden campaign in France having helped them complete the Treble. On a personal level he was rewarded for his impressive form by being included in the FIFA Team of the Year.
Similar success followed last season as PSG won all three domestic trophies once again, with David Luiz an important member of the side.
He was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year at the end of both of his seasons in Paris and now returns to Chelsea, where he could feature against Swansea in our next fixture a week on Sunday.