David Luiz lifts the lid on his Chelsea exit last summer
David Luiz says that there are no hard feelings between himself and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
David Luiz has insisted that there was no rift with Jose Mourinho before his transfer from Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
The Brazilian defender was deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge by the new Blues boss and left the west London club in a £50m deal.
There had been reports claiming that Luiz’s move away from the club came after a falling out with Mourinho.
However, the 27-year-old has insisted that there are no hard feelings between himself and the Portuguese coach.
“When Mourinho left Real Madrid he said he wanted to go when he felt good – I was not feeling good and I said I wanted to leave,” Luiz is quoted as saying by ESPN.
“Chelsea offered me a new contract and I said, ‘I’m not feeling the same thing I was feeling years ago.’
“People tried to make stories about me and Mourinho, but we never had any history. He was the boss and he decided who plays and who doesn’t.
“When he didn’t put David Luiz in, it was [feigns horror] – ‘Oh my God’ – but I’m just one more player, no problem.
“But it was all natural. I said ‘thank you’ to everyone. I was very happy in Chelsea but I decided now is the moment for another place and it became a great opportunity for me to come to a big project. Fantastic club. And I said ‘now I want to go to PSG.’
“Mourinho is a coach who has a different style. He doesn’t talk to you about your life. As a player you will not know too much about his personal life and he will not know too much about his players.
“He didn’t try too much [to keep me] because I was in Brazil [at the World Cup] – he said, ‘It’s OK, you can go.’ I had a great life in London, great moments, we were champions of Europe, I had an amazing connection with the fans, my team-mates and everyone at the club.
“But I decided my cycle was finished. I was not playing as much, but I still played in all the big games. You can check.”
Luiz will be expecting to feature when PSG host Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.
He has scored one goal in 19 Ligue 1 games for the French side so far this season and also netted once in the Champions League group stage.
Luiz made 81 Premier League appearances for Chelsea between 2011 and 2014.