Monday 21 October 2019

David Luiz reveals he has held talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich as the Russian ponders his future

Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea in 2003 (Jed Leicester/PA)
Roman Abramovich arrived at Chelsea in 2003 (Jed Leicester/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed he held talks with the club's owner Roman Abramovich over his future, as he insisted the Russian billionaire remains committed to the Stamford Bridge club.

Abramovich has not attended Chelsea games in recent months as his visa to visit the UK has not been renewed, with speculation mounting that he is looking to sell the club he purchased in 2003 for a fee of around £2billion.

Now Luiz has given an insight into the reclusive Abramovich's mindset, ahead of a summer that is likely to see star man Eden Hazard push to the club despite a transfer embargo being placed on Chelsea after they broke transfer rules for signing junior players.

"I had the opportunity to talk with him last week to decide my future," stated Luiz as he spoke about his talks with Abramovich. "He loves the club and everything that is inside the club, not just the people. He wants to win everything, he wants to do more.

"It's difficult for him. He has been away but his heart is here. He tries to be involved every single day. He's still really passionate for the club. He has the same hunger, thinking about winning. He doesn't want to lose energy.

"He's the one who built Chelsea - everything at Chelsea changed because of him. The results speak for themselves, 15 trophies in 15 years."

Luiz believes his side have achieved their targets in their first season under the guidance of coach Maurizio Sarri, with a chance to add silverware in the Europa League final against Arsenal on May 27th the next target for Chelsea.

"We did amazing, especially with the first year for a new coach," added the Brazilian. "Nobody expected Chelsea to finish third. Everybody thought we were going to be out of the Champions League.

"We're fighting for the Europa League and we lost the League Cup on penalties, a competition where we beat Liverpool and Tottenham and were the better side against Manchester City in the final."

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