David Luiz revealed talks are ongoing over extending his stay at Stamford Bridge, but he hopes to still be a Chelsea player beyond the summer transfer window. The Brazilian centre-back’s current deal expires at the end of the 2018/19 season and as of yet there has been no breakthrough between the two parties.
Chelsea have a policy where they only offer one-year contract extensions to players aged 30 and above, but Luiz, 31, was hoping for a longer term in order to put pen to paper.
But the former Paris Saint-Germain defender hinted a deal is close and that he expects to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
Asked by the Evening Standard if he will still be at Stamford Bridge next season, he replied: ‘I think so. We are talking with the club. Everybody knows I love this club, I feel comfortable here and am happy here.
I am doing my job very well so I think a lot is going to happen. I have the best job in the world so I have to be motivated every single day. I love football, if I didn’t love football I would not be playing anymore.
Luiz has started 34 games for the Blues this season but is expected to be rested for Chelsea’s last-16 Europa League tie against Dynamo Kiev. Maurizio Sarri’s side hold a 3-0 lead heading into the second leg clash in Ukraine.