Arsenal’s David Luiz confirms talks with Benfica’s president over return

David Luiz has once again reiterated his desire to finish his playing career with former club Benfica.

Luiz set to leave Arsenal?

After another successful spell at Chelsea, David Luiz departed Stamford Bridge for a second time last summer.

However, unlike in 2014, the Brazilian opted to remain in England, and also in London, joining one of the Blues’ closest rivals, Arsenal.

The Gunners are understood to have paid around £8m for the now 33-year-old’s services, in what looked a decent deal considering Luiz’s years of experience.

Luiz hasn’t enjoyed the perfect stint at Arsenal, with his decision making still often cause for concern, despite his vast experience around Europe.

But to his credit, the former PSG star, along with the rest of Arsenal’s backline, was in solid form under Mikel Arteta before the campaign was halted.

Yet despite Luiz having featured in every Premier League game since Arteta’s arrival at the Emirates, his future appears to be up in the air.

In fact, it was recently reported by Sky Sports News that the Brazil international’s spell at Arsenal looks set to come to an imminent end, with the centre-half out of contract next month, and no negotiations over a new deal in the pipeline.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: David Luiz of Arsenal reacts after conceding a goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Everton FC at Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Luiz eyeing Benfica return

This has led to increased speculation surrounding where Luiz could end up next.

The defender himself has previously expressed a desire to see out his career with former club Benfica.

And a recent report from the Portuguese media claimed that the Águias have made their interest in securing Luiz’s signature this summer clear.

That same report also alleged that Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira has reached out to Luiz, to inform him of the club’s desire to reunite with him.

And judging by recent comments on the part of the stopper himself, the above could most certainly be true.

Speaking in an interview with Record, Luiz claimed that he has already spoken to Vieira about making a return to the Estádio da Luz:

“I already spoke with Vieira about the return.

“My dream is to end my career at Benfica. When, I don’t know, but it will happen… it will, if President Vieira allows me and if the fans want me to come back.

“It will be one of the most beautiful moments of my career.”

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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