David Luiz took pay cut to return to Chelsea

David Luiz took pay cut to return to Chelsea

David Luiz has revealed he took a pay cut to leave
Paris Saint-Germain and return to Chelsea for a
second spell at the club.
Eyebrows were raised when Antonio Conte brought
the Brazilian defender back to Stamford Bridge on
transfer deadline day in August 2016.
But the 30-year-old thrived in the Italian's new
look back three system, playing a key role as
Chelsea romped to the Premier League title.
Luiz could claim the double in Saturday's FA Cup
final against Arsenal, but the centre-back accepts
it was a "risk" to go back to Chelsea after a period
of domestic dominance in Ligue 1 with PSG.

"I don't always like the easy life," Luiz said.
"That's why I took a risk and I'm very happy. It
was the right decision."
"I love the risk. In your life if you don't take a risk
you're not going to taste something new. Not just
in your professional life, I think it's every day.
"I cut my salary to come back here. But it's OK.
God has given me a lot so I'm very happy with
this."
The trust Conte has placed in Luiz has been richly
rewarded and the defender is keen to repay the
faith of his manager.
"Conte is a great person, a great character and he's
passionate - he loves football," Luiz added. "The
day I arrived here we talked together and he tried to
explain his philosophy to play football.
"He said to me: 'You are the player I want in my
team and to improve my team.' And then I said to
him: 'I'm going to work hard for you and for the
team.' And that's it."

"I've been working hard a lot since the beginning of
my career and to play 10 years consecutively in
big clubs is not easy, and I try to give my best
every season," Luiz continued.
"Last season was not a good season for Chelsea
but this season, we have done great since the
beginning – and not just because of me. Because
of everybody. Because of the commitment, the
desire, the mentality we put on the pitch every day.
That's why we deserve it."


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