|Org||Brazilian National Team|
|Club as Player||Arsenal FC|
2017 05 27 Retrieve
[David Luiz explains why he returned to England for a second spell with the newly-crowned Chelsea FC] I was winning everything in Paris. I was there for two years and won all the titles in France. I had a great life, great credibility with the club … I had everything. But then I took a risk to come back to the one country that was not that happy with me. Where they always criticised me a lot even after winning the Champions League, the Europa League or where I’d played all the games. That’s why it was a risk. And I love the risk. If you don’t take risks in your life – in your professional life but also in everyday life – you never feel anything new, so I [chose to] taste something new. I don’t like to stay always with the easy life, but I’m happy now because I took the right decision
2019 10 03 Retrieve
[David Luiz said in 2017 about typical Brazilian defenders] In Brazil they say defenders must be pessimists. I am an optimist in my life. I’m positive. I always think and dream of the best things. I don’t want to take my small boat and go against a wave of 20 metres. Maybe I can go around the sides, and we’ll arrive. I’ll try to find a way
In Benfica my job was to drive the ball to the halfway line. Chelsea didn’t have that plan, but sometimes I would do it anyway
2020 03 19 Retrieve
[Arsenal will trigger a one-year extension in David Luiz’s contract after he emerged as a key figure in Mikel Arteta’s squad] I can be honest with you, the first three days or week was not easy to understand all the emotions or how I was feeling, because everybody knows my history with Chelsea. I had this connection with everyone at the club. It was so massive and big and I was missing every single one. Every text message I was receiving, people were saying: ‘Come back, come back, come back, come back, we are here for you’.
I give you the example of a gentleman there who is 75 years old. He was taking breakfast with me at the time when he had the opportunity. He was texting me: ‘I am still waiting for you here to take the breakfast again’. This kind of thing was so difficult for me, because I am someone that sees the heart as the most important thing.
But then after that, in the professional way, I was saying: ‘It is a new moment for you. It is another big thing for you to do. Maybe if you stay in the comfort zone it is not going to be the best thing for you?’. If you look at my history of life I was never wishing to stay in the comfort zone. It was a top decision. [Arsenal] are a big club. I want to make this club improve and to shine again. The first days were difficult but after that I started to adapt. ‘Now I am so happy and I want to do big, big things with Arsenal
2020 04 17 Retrieve
[Arsenal star David Luiz lifts lid on Blues exit] I was always very happy at Chelsea. And then the understanding of knowing that my cycle was over, even though I thought it wasn’t going to end that way, in a quick decision. I decided to leave Chelsea before I even had the door open at Arsenal. I know that Arsenal weren’t in a great moment, they had a weight on their defence, [when] I go there I’ll have to pay the restaurant bill without having eaten. But I’m going because I want something new for my life, I want to learn
I was always very happy at Chelsea. And then the understanding of knowing that my cycle was over, even though I thought it wasn’t going to end that way, in a quick decision. I decided to leave Chelsea before I even had the door open at Arsenal. I know that Arsenal weren’t in a great moment, they had a weight on their defence, [when] I go there I’ll have to pay the restaurant bill without having eaten. But I’m going because I want something new for my life, I want to learn