Chelsea to trigger contract talks with Maurizio Sarri favourite as Italian settles into new role

David Luiz is set to be offered a new deal to keep him at Chelsea after impressing his new head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Last season the Brazilian had looked to move on due to his relationship with Antonio Conte deteriorating.

He was one of the key players for the Italian as the Blues lifted the Premier League title while playing with a back three in 2017.

After a year of uncertainty he is now back in the team following Sarri’s arrival in the summer and was heroic in the 1-1 with Liverpool to keep up the pressure in the Premier League title race.

The Evening Standard report that the Blues are already making moves to ensure they do not lose the defender at the end of the current season following comments that underlined how close Luiz had come to leaving the club.

Speaking to Chelsea TV after the draw with the Reds at Stamford Bridge, the 31-year-old said: “Sarri is giving us a lot of happiness to play football. We are trying to enjoy.

“He gives us a lot of confidence. He shows us what he wants. He gives us the details about the game. He works hard in every situation. And also as a human he’s a fantastic person.

“Every single day he says to us ‘you have the best job in the world, so you have to enjoy’.”

His account of playing under Sarri cut a stark contrast to his response when questioned about his time playing spent on the fringe of Conte’s squad last season in an interview with BT Sport after the final whistle.

“I had a contract with Chelsea. I had two offers from different clubs but I told Chelsea I wanted to stay,” he said. “So I am going to wait, if Chelsea take a new manager I am going to try and show him I want to stay.

“They chose Sarri and I have tried to convince Sarri I want to stay.”

Had Conte remained in charge would Luiz have pushed his way out of the club? “For sure,” said the Brazilian.

Despite their determination to play on the front foot under Sarri, the Blues currently boast the third-best defensive record in the Premier League with seven games played.

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