Defenseman David Luiz said he turned down a contract offer from Chelsea in order to join Paris Saint-Germain during the offseason, the Guardian's Nick Ames reports.
Luiz, 27, joined PSG in June after playing two-and-a-half years with Chelsea. His £50 million transfer fee was a world record for a defender. Despite Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho saying the team wouldn't miss Luiz because of its depth on defense, Luiz revealed the club did offer him a new contract, but he preferred the offer from PSG.
“Chelsea offered me a new contract to stay but it was my choice to come here,” he said. “I was happy with the plan PSG offered to me and I think it was exactly the right moment to move. I was so happy at Chelsea – I won two titles, I won another title for the FA Cup, so it was great for me.
The Brazilian defender also said he is happy his old club has started the season in first place. Chelsea holds a five point lead in the Premier League after a 6-1-0 start to the season.
PSG is 3-6-0 and tied for third in France's Ligue 1, seven points behind Marseilles. PSG defeated Barcelona in Champions League play last week and played Monaco to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.
- Paul Palladino