Luiz ‘put a knife to Kluivert’s throat’ to force Chelsea move

Joe Williams

Patrick Kluivert had no choice but to let David Luiz move to Chelsea after the defender forced his way out of Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports.

The Blues defender re-signed at Stamford Bridge on deadline day last summer with the club desperately searching for a top-notch centre-back.

His signing was greeted with mixed emotions from supporters and pundits but the Brazilian has been a revelation this season in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 formation.

And French publication L’Equipe have revealed that it was Luiz himself who helped engineer the move by demanding that PSG director of football Kluivert allowed him to go.

It came about after coach Unai Emery substituted him after an hour of their clash with Monaco at the end of August to which Luiz is reported to have reacted angrily.

A source told L’Equipe that Kluivert “had no choice, David Luiz put the knife under his throat.”

The presence of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos was likely to make it a competitive season in the PSG rearguard and Luiz was keen on a move away.