Chelsea star David Luiz has revealed he took a pay cut to return to Chelsea last summer and says he took a “risk” in returning to a country “that was not happy with me”.
Luiz though believe his gamble to return to Stamford Bridge has paid off with the Premier League title in the bag and Saturday’s FA Cup final to look forward to.
Luiz has been integral to Chelsea’s success this term and he has been the mainstay of their switch to three at the back with 33 Premier League appearances.
The 30-year-old left Stamford Bridge in June 2014 in a £50million move to Paris St Germain, where he who claimed two domestic trebles. But he returned late in last summer’s transfer window in a shock move which many labelled a mistake.
Luiz said: “I went to Paris for two years and won all the titles in France.
“I had a great life. I had everything in Paris and then I took a risk to come back to one country that was not that happy with me.
“That’s why it was a risk. And I love the risk. In your life if you don’t take a risk you’re not going to taste something new. Not just in your professional life, I think it’s every day.
“I cut my salary to come back here. But it’s okay. God has given me a lot so I’m very happy with this.
“I don’t like to stay always with the easy life so that’s why I took the risk, and today I am very happy. It was the right decision.”
Luiz, who has undoubtedly matured as a defender, has also hailed the effect of Antonio Conte at the Bridge.
“Conte is a great person, a great character and he’s passionate – he loves football,” Luiz added.
“The day I arrived here we talked together and he tried to explain his philosophy to play football.
“He said to me: ‘You are the player I want in my team and to improve my team’. And then I said to him: ‘I’m going to work hard for you and for the team’. And that’s it.”