French champions Paris Saint-Germain kicked off the big summer spending by announcing the proposed signing of Chelsea defender David Luiz.
The Brazilian international’s move to the French capital isn’t quite official as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped David Luiz from planning ahead for next season in Ligue 1.
"I was very happy at Chelsea, I stole the headlines, I made friends, I earned the respect of all, but I think I have come to the end of a cycle.” He said, quoted by The Express.
"I will now begin another in Paris after the World Cup. It's official, I'm in Paris and I'll be very happy.”
For Chelsea boss Mourinho, it was an easy decision to take and the cash received can be put towards boosting more important areas of the team.
The 27-year-old often found himself out of the first-team picture, as John Terry and Gary Cahill were the Portuguese boss’ number one centre-back pairing, and the potential of Tomas Kalas and Kurt Zouma mean that the Blues are well covered in that area.
David Luiz is leaving behind a Brazilian contingent in London, as Chelsea’s Ramires, Willian and Oscar are joined by Spurs duo Paulinho and Sandro.
The former Benfica star, however, will join up with a new one as Paris Saint-Germain currently have Marquinhos, Alex, Lucas Moura, Thiago Silva and Maxwell in their ranks, with the latter speaking at a press conference on his imminent arrival.
“David Luiz is a quality player, he's going to help us achieve the goals of the season. I'm happy. Whenever a Brazilian joins, we welcome him in the best possible way.” He said, quoted by the French outlet BeIN Sports.
David Luiz is expected to challenge his Brazilian teammates Alex and Marquinhos to partner Thiago Silva at the back.
During his three and a half years at Chelsea, he made 143 appearances for the club in all competitions, winning the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League.