Jose Mourinho says Chelsea will not miss David Luiz
Jose Mourinho has insisted Chelsea will not miss David Luiz after his astonishing £50m transfer to Paris Saint Germain.
The Blues boss will not miss the defensive calamities the Brazilian was prone to during his Stamford Bridge career – highlighted once again when Germany thrashed Brazil in the World Cup semi-final 7-1.
Luiz helped Chelsea win the Champions League in 2012 but was largely overlooked when Mourinho returned to the club, losing his place in the heart of the defence to veteran John Terry and the England international Gary Cahill.
PSG’s signing represented a world record for a defender as they moved swiftly in June to head off potential interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Mourinho has now revealed he has no regrets letting the 27-year-old leave. “Last season he was not regular first-choice for us,” he said.
“David did important things here, was always a good professional and we will miss him as a good guy when he was with us. But from a football point of view we believe our squad is stronger this season than it was.
“As a central defender he was not at all [first-choice], it was John and Cahill during the whole season. In midfield he was a physical guy and gave us some important things, especially when we played in the Champions League when Nemanja Matic couldn’t play.
He added: “But this season Matic can play in the Champions League so we don’t lose that physicality. The fact we also have Cesc Fabregas moves us in a different direction and we want to move in a different direction. It’s something that our football needs and we want to go in that direction.”