Brazilian defender David Luiz looks to be heading to his homeland after walking out on Arsenal, according to a report.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta paid tribute to the 34-year-old on his press conference after two seasons with the club. Arteta claimed the player’s impending departure from the club “hurts”. The Spaniard clearly wanted the centre-back to stay after becoming “attached” to the former Chelsea star. And despite admitting there were talks between the parties there was no agreement.
“We had very clear talks in the last few months. We already made a big decision to extend his contract. He’s given his best, I tried to help him as much as I could, the club as well,” said the Gunners boss.
“After some conversations we decided it’s the best way to do it now.
“I had the privilege to work with him for 18 months, we got on really good, we had some great moments together.
“I learned from him. He’s been very helpful every time with the team. I feel sadness because you get attached to the players emotionally.”
The north London club implied that a deal could not be agreed for Luiz to stay on at the club, with his existing contract expiring on June 30.
The centre-back, who has made 73 appearances for the Gunners, was the man who decided to leave The Emirates. And ESPN Brasil reports that Brazilian side Flamengo are looking into a deal for the player.
David Luiz in demand
The Rio de Janeiro are interested in Luiz, who started his youth career with Sao Paulo, but have yet to formally contact Luiz.
Caught Offside (citing prominent Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola) reported earlier this month that Luiz is ‘being seen as a target’ for Fenerbahce as well as Portuguese side Benfica.
Italian side Lazio have also been suggested as potential suitors in the recent past.
But Luiz has spoken of his desire to return to Benfica before, and in May 2020 he confirmed that he has been in touch with the club’s president Luis Filipe Vieira over a move.
I already spoke with Vieira about the return,” Luiz told Record.
“My dream is to end my career at Benfica. When, I don’t know, but it will happen… it will, if President Vieira allows me and if the fans want me to come back.
“It will be one of the most beautiful moments of my career.”