The player has just missed two games in all competitions this season and is set to stay at Chelsea
The transfer ban has put more complications to Chelsea. The ban means Chelsea won’t be able to sign players and as a result, they might not be able to Kovacic on a permanent basis in summer. The Blues will, consequently, be trying to tie down several whose contracts
Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard and Callum Hudson Odoi are some of the players who are yet to sign a contract extension. It seems this Chelsea star is close to signing a contract extension at Stamford Bridge.
David Luiz revealed he is close to agreeing an extension on his Chelsea deal – which expires at the end of the season, as the Blues bid to hold onto the ace. Luiz’s Stamford Bridge contract expires in the summer, with the Brazilian yet to extend it – however, due to the Blues potential transfer ban, they are eager to keep the Brazilian.
Chelsea have a policy which only allows players over the age of 30 to receive one-year deals, which has caused a hold up over Luiz’s future, who wanted more than just a 12-month extension. But with the possibility of facing the two-year transfer ban, Chelsea could bend their own rule to ensure they do not lose a key player and further weaken a position. The centre-back, who turns 32 next month, reassured fans he is close to agreeing terms to pen a new deal.
When asked if he will still be a Chelsea player next season, Luiz said: “I think so. We are talking with the club. Everybody knows I love this club, I feel comfortable here and am happy here. I am doing my job very well so I think a lot is going to happen. I have the job best job in the world so I have to be motivated every single day. I love football, if I didn’t love football I would not be playing anymore.”
Luiz has been a key part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Stamford Bridge this term – with his ability to pick out a pass from the back important to his manager’s physiology. The defender, who Chelsea re-signed for £34million in 2016, has made 37 appearances this season, with 27 coming in the Premier League.
Sarri has handed Luiz just two Europa League starts this season. The Italian is set to once again rest the Blues defender tomorrow against Dynamo Kiev.
The news might relief some Chelsea fans given the transfer ban and Gary Cahill’s reluctance to stay at Stamford Bridge. Luiz’s has been an important player under Sarri and will be a key player as Chelsea plan to cope up with the transfer ban.