Diego Costa would be ‘welcome’ at PSG, says David Luiz

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 8:56

Diego Costa (l): Urged to sign for PSG by David Luiz (r)

David Luiz says that Chelsea striker Diego Costa would be “welcomed” with open arms at Paris Saint-Germain.

Luiz, who spent four years at Stanford Bridge and made 143 appearances for the club, believes Costa would be the perfect fit for the French giants.

Costa has struggled for form this season after admitting he returned to pre-season training overweight and he has only scored nine times in 29 appearances this season.

The 27-year-old striker has been linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid, but they have been hit with a transfer ban, which could leave the way clear for PSG to make a move for Costa who blasted 20 goals in his debut season as Chelsea won the Premier League title.

Luiz, who left Chelsea a month before Costa arrived in the summer of 2014, is a huge admirer of the Spain striker and says there are two sides to the aggressive frontman.

Luiz told the Daily Mirror: “Diego is one of the most clinical strikers in Europe, he would be a welcome addition to any team.

“I think PSG have made their intent clear over the last three or four seasons, that we only add the best players.

“If Diego decides he has had enough of England and wants a new challenge, of course he would be welcome here.

“Diego and myself have had our clashes on the field, but you must understand there are two Diego’s.

“On the field he is physical, he is confrontational, he will get in your face, that is part of his game.

“Off the field he is a good friend, one of the nicest guys you can meet, somebody I would go to dinner with.”

Luiz and Costa could come face to face next month when Chelsea face PSG in the Champions League last-16.

Luiz added: “We have two very big games coming up against Chelsea.

“With them having such a poor season in the league they will be even more motivated to do well in Europe.

“I welcome two big battles with Diego. I am sure they will be physical, but both games will end in a hug.”

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