Chelsea has completed a move to bring back defender David Luiz to Stamford Bridge after two seasons in France with Paris Saint-Germain. The Brazilian has signed a three-year contract with the Blues.
Luiz, 29, left Chelsea in 2014 after three and a half seasons for a £50 million fee, making him the most expensive defender in the world. During his time at the club, he picked up a Champions League title, a Europa League title, and an FA Cup trophy. Chelsea is now bringing him back for a reported fee of £34 million.
In Paris, Luiz was part of a dominant PSG team that won back-to-back triples (Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue). Luiz revealed his excitement to come back to London after the deal was finalized.
“I’m delighted to return to Chelsea,” Luiz told the club’s official website. “We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success.
“I always had a wonderful relationship with the fans and I am looking forward to wearing the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge once again.”
Chelsea also signed left back Marcos Alonso from Serie A side Fiorentina on a five-year-deal. The 25-year-old Madrid native came through the youth ranks at Real Madrid before joining Bolton in 2010. After three seasons with the Wanderers he left for Fiorentina. He spent part of 2014 on loan at Sunderland, and now makes his return to England.
“I’m very happy. It’s a step up in my career and I think this is the perfect place for me to continue developing. It’s time for me to win some titles,” Alonso said.
“It was an easy decision for me to make when I heard the club were interested in signing me. My family and close friends know Chelsea is the club I have dreamed about playing for so I’m really excited about the challenge and I’m looking forward to working with my new team-mates.”