On Friday, Chelsea announced they had extended David Luiz’s contract for a further two years. The popular Brazilian defender has been crucial to the club’s success this campaign, and the decision to keep him at Stamford Bridge for the short-term future is a smart move.
The 32-year-old has played in 35 Premier League matches this season, showing his durability and importance to the Blues, even as he nears the end of his career.
The club rarely extends contracts for players above 30 but relaxing this policy for Luiz is a sign that Chelsea are willing to compromise and recognise the contributions of the Brazilian international.
In addition to his strengths on the pitch, where Luiz has bagged three goals and been a part of 15 clean sheets in the league, he is also a vital part of the dressing room.
His undeniable positivity and light-hearted nature is a massive boost for Chelsea, as is his formidable passion and love for the club.
Although Luiz is prone to the odd defensive error, he is a valuable member of the squad that can be useful in his mid-30s even if he is not starting week in, week out.
And with a transfer ban looming, Chelsea have little choice but to keep their best players in west London.
The decision to tie Luiz to a new contract is excellent news and is an astute call from the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge.