The latest edition of Chelsea magazine, available now in print and digital format, features an exclusive interview with David Luiz...
The latest edition of Chelsea magazine, available now in print and digital format, features an exclusive interview with David Luiz.
This edition also includes a special tribute to our former vice-chairman Matthew Harding as this month marks the 20th anniversary of his death in a helicopter accident on the way home from a game between the Blues and Bolton.
Cover star David Luiz sat down for a chat after first few appearances in his second spell as a Chelsea player. The Brazilian explains how he is delighted to be back among familiar faces at Stamford Bridge, and has fresh challenges he is eager to fulfil.
'I missed Chelsea a lot,' he told the magazine. 'I was very happy here before. I was also very happy in Paris. I was winning trophies, I was having a great life there, but I know me and I like to have new challenges in my life, to have ambition and one of the reasons I decided to come back here is because I know the Premier League well, but I never had the opportunity to win it, so it is still one of my goals in my career.
‘I try to learn every day, try to improve every day. I hope I have many years to continue in this way.
'This is my personality. I don’t ever want to say, “Now I know everything.” I think you can learn from everybody, old people and young people, if you are available and you are open and you have humility.'
He goes on to discuss how he enjoys the challenge of testing himself against the best strikers in the world in the English top flight, before giving his thoughts on Diego Costa, who currently sits at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.
'I like Diego because he never forgets where he came from,' he says. 'That’s why he fights until the end for his team. He never gives up. Diego now plays for one of the best clubs in the world, Diego now plays in some of the best stadiums in the world, Diego is now one of the best strikers in the world.
'But he never forgets when he was playing in the second and third division, with small teams in difficult leagues and difficult stadiums, suffering many injuries and fighting for his career. He never forgets where he came from in Brazil.
'I like these kinds of people, because they really want to give everything. I love the way he plays, and I am happy now because he plays in my team and it’s difficult to play against him! It’s better to have him on my side. He never makes life easy for the defenders.'
Read the full interview to find out about David Luiz's emotions after becoming a Blue once again.
Tribute to a true Blue
One man who would love to see the array of world-class players representing the Blues if he was still alive today is Matthew Harding. As the club pays tribute to him on the 20th anniversary of his death, the magazine looks back on how the money Harding invested helped transform Chelsea’s fortunes both on and off the pitch, as well as how his legacy remains strong two decades on.
There is also an interview with former Blue David Lee, who discusses the friendship he developed with Harding during 10 years representing us.
Each month, Chelsea magazine looks at the club's history from a fans' perspective and in this issue we reflect on 50 years of the Shed, with three supporters telling us their tales of watching the Blues from the famous stand. Photo Album also brings you some classic shots of the south side of Stamford Bridge. On top of that, there's an interview with former England rugby international Brian Moore, who started supporting the Blues in his final days as a Richmond player and has been a season ticket holder for the last 20 years.
The latest edition of Chelsea magazine is available now from the Megastore and all good newsagents, priced £3.25.
You can also click to download a digital version of the magazine, priced £2.99.