The contract of Chelsea defender David Luiz will expire at the end of the season and the Brazilian defender is starting to get some offers to join other clubs as a free agent, according to reports.
Despite being a key figure in Chelsea’s defence this season, the club is yet to agree terms on extending the contract of the 31-year-old. Luiz reportedly wants a two-year deal but Chelsea are only willing to offer a one-year contract to the Brazilian due to the club’s policy of offering just one-year extensions to players over the age of 30.
With Chelsea and Luiz yet to reach an agreement, the Brazilian has been receiving contract offers from other clubs.
According to Yahoo Esportes, Luiz has already received two contract offers but has rejected both offers.
One of the offers was made by Brazilian side Palmeiras, who put €10million on the table, in a deal which included salary and signing bonuses. By Brazilian standards, that’s a huge contract but Luiz is not keen on returning to his home country at this stage of his career.
An unnamed Qatari side have also made a move for Luiz by offering the Brazilian an incredible amount of €40million for a three-year contract. Although Luiz hasn’t responded to the contract offer, it is believed he will reject it as well.
Luiz wants to remain in Europe as he is keen on playing for the Brazilian national team again. Luiz has not featured for Brazil since 2017 but is keen on earning a recall – and feels he must be playing in Europe to achieve this.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has been under huge pressure lately with Chelsea fans calling for his sack but Luiz insists he believes in what Sarri is trying to achieve at Chelsea.
“It’s a positive mood, the results help a lot. We still believe in what we started at the beginning of the season,” Luiz said last month.
“The beginning of the season was, ‘Oh, my God, Chelsea is learning very quickly the philosophy of the manager, it’s amazing.’ Then after a few months, ‘Oh, Chelsea didn’t learn anything yet, Sarri-ball is not good enough.’
“For many years, [people] were not happy because Chelsea were winning without playing very good football and now Chelsea is playing very good football and sometimes we don’t win so people are not happy.
“We are improving and it’s never easy to come to England and change the style of a club, change the style of a team and the way we play. It’s up to us to keep our belief and fight to the end.
“We are still fighting for the Champions League position and fighting for this big title [Europa League].”