Now labeled a great success considering the form Chelsea are in, few expected David Luiz’s transfer back to Stamford Bridge to go so well.
With nine clean sheets in their last eleven league games, Antonio Conte’s side are quickly running away at the top of the table, and the ball-playing centre-back has a lot to do with that.
Sold to Paris Saint-Germain for a record fee for a defender at the time (£42m), the former Benfica starlet spent two seasons in France, playing alongside compatriots Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.
Returned to sender on the last day of the 2016 transfer window for £29m by Nasser Al-Khelaifi and not replaced, many have questioned the Qatari ownerc’s decision, who explained himself in Le Parisien on Friday following Paris Saint-Germain’s questionable recent form.
He said: “We know how things work on the inside. We can’t explain everything. David Luiz is one of the best people I’ve ever met, but we already have two of the best centre-backs in the world in Thiago Silva and Marquinhos.
“We also have youngster from the academy who are pushing for a spot. Basically, we had our reasons for letting David Luiz go.”
As they say, one man’s loss is another one’s gain, and it seems that Antonio Conte and Chelsea have walked away as the clear winners from this deal.
The Brazil international has been ever present for the Italian manager since his return to London, playing every minute of his 15 appearances, including extra-time against Leicester in the EFL Cup.