Great news for Chelsea, key player extends contract

Chelsea fans will be celebrating greatly at the moment after the club confirmed on Friday that Brazilian defender, David Luiz, has extended his stay at the club with the new deal set to keep him at Stamford Bridge for the next the next two seasons until 2021.

In a statement released by the Europa League finalists on Friday evening, Luiz, expressed his delight at extending his stay at the club. The contract extension comes just a day after the Blues overcame Eintracht Frankfurt on penalties to set up a Europa League final against Arsenal.

“‘I am so happy to be here and to have this opportunity to stay. I love this club and I still have the ambition of a young player,” Luiz said on the Chelsea website. “It means a lot to reach another European final, and we still have the opportunity to finish in the top three of the Premier League this season and I will continue to try to do my best to help the team.”

Chelsea said in a statement: “The Brazilian has enjoyed a fine season at the heart of the Blues’ defence, making 48 appearances across the campaign and scoring three goals as we sealed a return to the Champions League and booked our place in the Europa League final.”

The statement added: “David Luiz has had an impressively consistent campaign, highlighted by his 35 league appearances, his most ever, and the knowledge that only Liverpool and Manchester City have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than Chelsea.

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“His experience, determination and leadership, coupled with his ability on the ball, have made him a key figure within Maurizio Sarri’s system and he will be looking for a third European final success with the Blues when we travel to Baku at the end of the month. So far in his Chelsea career, David Luiz has made a total 246 appearances, scoring 18 goals.”

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The club’s director, Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted David Luiz will be staying with the club. He has set the perfect example to those around him throughout the campaign and been a huge influence on and off the pitch.”

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She went on to say: “With the Europa League final still to come, we hope to finish off the season with silverware and David will be central to that success in Baku and beyond.”

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