Chelsea centre-back David Luiz has rejected an astronomical offer from a Qatari club, according to Standard Sport.
Luiz is one of the most experienced and influential players we have in the squad at the minute. Having already lost both John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic in quick succession, he’s the kind of player we want to be keeping around.
However, the Brazilian’s contract with the Blues is due to expire come the summertime, with there seemingly being no agreement in place over an extension to his current deal.
As is the case with every player entering the final six months of their contract, Luiz is free to negotiate with any interested party, and there is a few, per Standard Sport.
It’s claimed that Palmeiras are interested in taking Luiz back to Brazil, but their reported £8.5M contract offer has been blown out the water by the financial firepower of Qatar.
Standard Sport report that a £34M proposal, worth around £220K-a-week, was put on the table by an unknown Qatari club. Luiz, though, rejected it. He wants to stay at the top.
It’s unclear at his point whether Chelsea are prepared to give him the opportunity to do so at Stamford Bridge. Our one-year contract policy for players over the age of 30 could prove to be a stumbling block.
Luiz loves this club, however, and that affection is reciprocated by both the fans and players. You have to think that a compromise will be found eventually.
We also think it necessary to commend Luiz for his desire to stay at a competitive level of the game, rather than coast through the swansong of his career earning megabucks.
What a geezer.