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Defender David Luiz returns to Chelsea ‘to stay’
London — Chelsea defender David Luiz has dismissed speculation about a potential departure from the Premier League club and says he is aiming to win titles under new manager Maurizio Sarri.
The 31-year-old, who rejoined Chelsea from Paris St Germain in 2016, will have a chance to re-establish himself at Stamford Bridge following an injury-ridden season, when he made only 10 league appearances under former boss Antonio Conte.
His poor domestic run led to his omission from Brazil’s World Cup squad for Russia.
"I came back to Chelsea to stay," Luiz told reporters. "When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here."
Luiz has featured in both of Chelsea’s preseason matches under Sarri, who has started his reign with victories over Inter Milan and Perth Glory.
"I love Sarri’s philosophy," Luiz said. "We play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy. A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us. If we’re dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, we’re trying to learn quickly."
Chelsea face league rivals Arsenal and French top-flight team Olympique Lyonnais in their remaining preseason fixtures before their Community Shield match against Manchester City on August 5.
They begin their league campaign against Huddersfield Town on August 11.