David Luiz signs for Flamengo on a free transfer after ex-Chelsea centre-back’s Arsenal contract expired in June
FORMER Chelsea and Arsenal centre-back David Luiz has signed for Flamengo on a free transfer.
The 34-year-old left the Gunners after his deal expired in June and has now linked up with the Brazilian giants.
Luiz has signed a contract till December 2022. He will put on the No 23.
Flamengo tweeted: “Born in Diadema, he traveled the world and acquired used to successful, successful and successful, identical to our anthem says.
“The individuals cried out, the center shook and now he’ll put on pink and black.
“Biggest followers in the world.
“@DavidLuiz_4 is the new player of Mengão! Welcome! #DavidLuizNoMengo.”
The 57-cap Brazil worldwide could have joined former Arsenal team-mates Matteo Guendouzi and William Saliba at Marseille.
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And he additionally turned down Serie A brand new boys Salernitana, in keeping with French outlet Le10Sport.
Lazio, managed by ex-Chelsea chief Maurizio Sarri, had been additionally stated to be eager.
But Luiz believed now could be the proper stage in his profession to go again to Brazil, the place he launched his profession with Vitoria in 2006.
Benfica loaned then completely signed him the next 12 months, earlier than he switched to Chelsea in 2011.
But after a decade on the high in European soccer – together with a two-year stint with Paris Saint-Germain – Luiz confronted a recent begin this summer season.
He insisted his Gunners exit was a mutual choice on the finish of his two-year contract on £100,000-a-week.
In got here £50million Ben White from Brighton and Bologna’s Japan hero Takehiro Tomiyasu as Arteta tackled his backline issues.
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And now Flamengo have gained the race for Luiz’s signature.
Despite sitting solely fifth in the Brazilian high flight, they satisfied him of their longer-term ambitions.
He follows former team-mate Willian again to Brazil, who returned to boyhood membership Corinthians final month.
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