Targeted by Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola, the Brazilian appears content with his life at Stamford Bridge…
In-demand defender David Luiz has returned to training with Chelsea and has admitted that he missed the club and his team-mates in a report on the club's official website that could help quell speculation linking the Brazil international with a transfer to reigning Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
One of the stars of the Confederations Cup due to his athletic, lunging, goal-line clearance in the final against Spain's Pedro, Luiz, a 26-year-old capped 28 times, has returned to the club amid rumours Pep Guardiola is readying a £34.5 million bid.
Luiz, though, has made no secret of his fondness for life in west London, saying: 'I spent some days in Brazil staying with my family because I miss them a lot when I am here, and then yesterday it was back for a proper training session [in Cobham, Surrey]. I can now improve my physical condition.'
He particularly noted his emotion seeing his team-mates and the club's staff for the first time since last season: 'Today is so special seeing everyone again at this club. I have a good relationship with everyone so of course I miss the people here when I am away.'
On his spectacular, highlight-reel clearance against Spain, he shared: 'I read the moment because I have a lot of admiration for Pedro and I know what he often does when he goes one against one with the keeper. So I arrived at the ball and of course God helped me with the ball going high off my leg and saving the goal.'
Luiz added that the confidence Brazil gained from the Confederations Cup win will aid their push for international football's ultimate prize, the World Cup, which the country also host, next year: 'It gives us a lot of confidence for the World Cup and we gave our people a great moment.
'It was special because we showed to the world that Brazil have a good team again. We beat Italy, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, some fantastic teams, and in the final we beat Spain.'
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