Wembley

Next Game

Arsenal v Chelsea

Sunday, 02 August 2015, 15:00

FA Community Shield

FedExField

Last Game

Chelsea 2 - 2 Barcelona

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 01:00

Int Champs Cup North America

Luiz looking to the future

David Luiz is ready to put his World Cup nightmare behind him by helping Paris Saint-Germain make a push for Champions League glory.

Last Updated: 08/08/14 at 14:16 Post Comment

David Luiz: Unveiled by PSG

David Luiz: Unveiled by PSG

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The 27-year-old Brazil international, who has joined French champions PSG from Chelsea for £50million, made a bright start to the World Cup finals and scored a sensational winning free-kick in the Selecao's quarter-final victory over Colombia.

But everything that could go wrong did go wrong in the semi-finals, with Luiz drawing heavy criticism for his performance as he captained Brazil to a humbling 7-1 thrashing by Germany.

Luiz has had time to "digest" the fall-out from that embarrassing night in Belo Horizonte and is now keen to help PSG in their double aim of winning a third straight league title and claiming the European Cup for the very first time.

At his official unveiling, he said: "If the World Cup had finished at the quarter-final stage, then you wouldn't be asking questions about my ability.

"I've had time to digest the end of our World Cup and now I'm ready to do everything to help PSG.

"I feel privileged. I'm part of a fantastic team in which everyone has something to teach me. It's wonderful to be part of this project.

"I am very happy to have joined a big club and I'm just eager to start playing."

Luiz will link up with Brazil team-mate Thiago Silva at the Parc des Princes and, although the former is well-known for bombing forward during matches, he is convinced he will form an effective centre-back partnership with his friend.

He added: "Brazilian defenders play for all the best clubs! Thiago Silva and I are very good friends, we understand what the other is thinking with one look and we respect each other.

"We trust each other and will give our all out on the pitch.

"But I am ready to help out in any position, it's not up to me to choose, I just play football."

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi confirmed the capital club have designs on the cup which currently resides in Real Madrid's trophy cabinet and has backed Luiz to make a big impact during the 2014-15 campaign

The former Benfica defender has already won the continent's biggest prize, with Chelsea back in 2012.

"David Luiz will help us achieve our goal of winning the Champions League," he said.

"I am very happy with his arrival. I hired him for his many qualities, both as a man and as a footballer.

"David has an excellent team spirit and many other great qualities."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company