Chelsea defender David Luiz has affirmed owner Roman Abramovich’s commitment to the club despite him not being physically present in London to oversee day to day activities.
Chelsea have qualified for the Champions League next season, a target set by the club for the head coach Maurizio Sarri, while also qualifying for the final of the Europa League. Luiz was integral in the campaign and was recently rewarded with a new deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2021.
The Brazilian reveals when he sat to discuss his future with the Russian oligarch, he did not see an owner suddenly disinterested in the club. Luiz maintains Abramovich is still devoted to the Blues’ course and that desire to see the club prosper will linger for a long time at the club.
“He has been away but his heart is here. He loves this club. He is the one who built Chelsea. Everything at Chelsea changed because of him. The results speak for themselves. Fifteen trophies in 15 years. He came here to do something amazing and he did it.
I had the opportunity to talk with him last week, to decide my future. He loves the club and everything that is inside the club, not just the people. He wants to win everything. He is still in love with the club and wants to do more. It is difficult for him, but his heart is with us, he tries to be involved every single day. He is still really passionate for the club. He is still thinking in the same way. He has the same hunger, thinking about winning. He doesn’t want to lose energy.”
David Luiz, Daily Mail
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