Former Chelsea defender David Luis has claimed that the club wanted to keep hold of him last summer, but he left because he no longer thought of Stamford Bridge as a home, the Daily Express reports.
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The Brazilian left to join the Blues’ Champions League opponents PSG in a £50m deal, after Jose Mourinho informed Luiz while he was on international duty at the World Cup that he would be free to leave.
And though the Premier League giants offered him a knew deal, he claimed that he knew he would have to move on if he wanted to feel valued again.
“Chelsea offered me a new contract but I also knew that PSG wanted me – and as soon as I knew that I wanted to leave,” he said.
“I was in Brazil at the time and Mourinho said it was OK, I could leave if the valuation was met.
“Chelsea wanted me to stay – that is why they offered me a new contract – but I did not feel so much at home like I did two or three seasons before.
“I left on good terms but I knew it was time for a new challenge. There were stories about Mourinho and I falling out, but he will tell you they are not true.
“We were never close – that is not his style – but there was and is a mutual professional respect.
“The truth is I did not take long to decide on PSG. I enjoyed my time at Chelsea but I knew it was time to move on.
“I spoke with Thiago Silva, and after that conversation I knew that PSG were the right club for me. I am at a club where I know I am really valued and where I can win major trophies.”