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Luiz back at Chelsea

By August 31, 2016No Comments

David Luiz has returned to Chelsea, two years after being sold to Paris St Germain for £50million.

The Blues and PSG announced terms had been agreed for the Brazil defender to return to Stamford Bridge from Parc des Princes.

“Chelsea Football Club and Paris St Germain have agreed terms for the transfer of David Luiz back to London,” Chelsea said on their official website.

“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.”

Luiz won the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League with Chelsea before moving to PSG prior to the 2014 World Cup.

His likely acquisition was part of a busy deadline day for the Blues, who signed Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina and loaned Juan Cuadrado back to Juventus for three years.

Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 and made 143 appearances, scoring 12 goals, before his departure three-and-a-half-years later.

The 29-year-old has played against Chelsea four times in the two years since leaving the Blues, as PSG were opponents in the Champions League in each of the last two seasons.

He vowed not to celebrate if he scored against his former club, but did so as PSG advanced on away goals at the expense of Chelsea in March 2015.

He is the latest former player to return to Chelsea. The Blues bought back Nemanja Matic, who joined Benfica as part of the deal which saw Luiz signed, while Didier Drogba recently had a second spell at Stamford Bridge.

Cuadrado earlier rejoined Juventus on a three-year loan which effectively brought his Chelsea career to an end.

Alonso’s is just beginning. The Spanish left-back and Cuadrado were team-mates for one season at Fiorentina and now the Colombia winger has returned to Serie A and is back with Juventus on the day Alonso moved to Stamford Bridge.

Juventus on Wednesday announced Cuadrado had joined on loan until June 2019 for an annual fee of five million euros (£4.25m), with the option for the deal to be made permanent for 25m euros (£21.25m). The 28-year-old spent last season on loan with the Turin side.

The terms of the deal take Cuadrado to the end of the four-and-a-half-year contract he signed on joining Chelsea in February 2015.

Cuadrado’s departure was not unexpected as he never fulfilled his potential at Chelsea, making just 15 appearances.

He helped Juventus to a league and cup double last season while making 40 appearances and was welcomed back by the Bianconeri.

The Italian club said in a statement on their website: “Juventus Football Club announces that the agreement with Chelsea Football Club Limited for the temporary acquisition, until June 30, 2019, of the registration rights of the player Juan Guillermo Cuadrado Bello has been finalised for an annual consideration of Euros 5 million (£4.25million).

“Juventus has the right to definitively acquire the player, or will be obliged to do so subject to the achievement of certain given team results during the loan period, for a consideration of Euros 25 million (£21.25million), payable in three years, less the amounts of the loan fees actually paid.

“Furthermore, on achieving challenging team performances during the term of the contract of employment with the player, Juventus will pay to Chelsea FC additional contingent amounts up to Euros 4 million (£3.4million).”

Spanish full-back Alonso earlier signed a five-year contract with Chelsea for a fee reportedly in excess of £20m.

The former Bolton defender began his career at Real Madrid and has also had a spell on loan at Sunderland.

Alonso’s arrival gives Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte options at the back, with the possibility of Cesar Azpilicueta switching to right-back and Branislav Ivanovic playing in the centre of defence.

Alonso became the Blues’ fourth summer signing after France midfielder N’Golo Kante, Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi and Portuguese goalkeeper Eduardo.

Alonso said on chelseafc.com: “I’m very happy. It’s a step up in my career and I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing. It’s time for me to win some titles.

“It was an easy decision for me to make when I heard the club were interested in signing me.

“My family and close friends know Chelsea is the club I have dreamed about playing for so I’m really excited about the challenge and I’m looking forward to working with my new team-mates.”

Alonso played for Bolton for three seasons, including alongside Gary Cahill, who is now one of his Chelsea team-mates.

Luiz later updated his Twitter and Facebook accounts with a profile picture of him in a Chelsea shirt, suggesting completion of the deal was a formality.

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