Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has claimed that he was advised by Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave the London outfit for Paris St Germain.
Luiz became the world’s most expensive defender after making a £ 50 million move to the French capital in the summer. Chelsea were praised for the way they received such a huge amount of money for a player who was not seen as a first choice central defender. The decision to sell the Brazilian has proven to be the right decision, as Chelsea have been much more solid in defence without the 27-year-old.
Luiz will be coming up against Chelsea for the first time since leaving the West London outfit in the Champions League knockout stages. The first leg will be at the French capital with the return leg at Stamford Bridge set almost a month away. Luiz has revealed that Ibrahimovic was a major factor in convincing him to move to PSG. The pair were seen together in the last season’s quarter-final. Chelsea won this match in remarkable circumstances and knocked out PSG from the quarter finals yet again. PSG won the first leg 3-1 before the blues managed a 2-0 victory in the return leg. Luiz has also revealed that he has great respect for Jose Mourinho. (more…)
Jose Mourinho has rejected speculation that Chelsea would be prepared to listen to offers for winger Mohamed Salah, who has slipped down the pecking order at the club. Signed for around £ 12 million last January, the former FC Basel man was expected to be the substitute for the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian when they were injured.
However, Chelsea have been extremely lucky with regards to injuries in the last 12 months and Mohamed Salah has barely featured in the matchday squads especially the season.
His performances when picked for the less important competitions like the League Cup have also not been good enough to warrant a selection in the Premier League.
Bayern Munich defender Dante says that he would be extremely delighted with a Brazilian national team call-up over the next few months. The defender has divided opinion in the last few months after a poor World Cup 2014, but he continues to be an important player for his club. The 31-year-old is entering into the twilight of his international career, but he is still hoping that a call-up to the Brazilian national team will help him feature at the Copa America amongst many other competitions. Dante may have played only one match at the World Cup, but it was in the disastrous 7-1 thrashing against Germany.
Since his debut in 2013, Dante has featured in only 13 matches for Brazil. He is not holding much hope of a call up, as Brazil are going through a major restructuring under new manager Dunga. As a result, he has confirmed his commitment to Bayern Munich, but says that a Brazilian call-up remains his dream. Brazil have largely been involved in only friendly matches up until now. They have been globetrotting and playing against the likes of Japan and Hong Kong in friendly matches. Dunga has been able to get comfortable victories, but it remains to be seen if the form would continue against the top teams.
“I work first and foremost for Bayern. That’s the way it has to be.I totally understand that when a new coach comes in after a World Cup that younger players are going to get a chance. That’s only natural.But it goes without saying that if I get called up again, I’ll be delighted to go.The Selecao has given me a lot and it makes me and my family feel very proud, which is why I’ve got no right to say no to the Brazilian national team,” said the former Juventus defender.