Chelsea to bend their own rules to keep David Luiz as threat of transfer ban looms

Luiz’s Stamford Bridge contract expires in the summer, with the Brazilian yet to extend it – however, due to the Blues potential transfer ban, they are eager to keep the Brazilian.

Chelsea have a policy which only allows players over the age of 30 to receive one-year deals, which has caused a hold up over Luiz’s future, who wanted more than just a 12-month extension.

But with the possibility of facing the two-year transfer ban, Chelsea could bend their own rule to ensure they do not lose a key player and further weaken a position.

The centre-back, who turns 32 next month, reassured fans he is close to agreeing terms to pen a new deal.

When asked if he will still be a Chelsea player next season, Luiz said: “I think so. We are talking with the club.

“Everybody knows I love this club, I feel comfortable here and am happy here. I am doing my job very well so I think a lot is going to happen.

“I have the job best job in the world so I have to be motivated every single day. I love football, if I didn’t love football I would not be playing anymore.”

Luiz has been a key part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Stamford Bridge this term – with his ability to pick out a pass from the back important to his manager's physiology.

The defender, who Chelsea re-signed for £34million in 2016, has made 37 appearances this season, with 27 coming in the Premier League.

Sarri has handed Luiz just two Europa League starts this season – and the Italian is set to once again rest the Blues No30 tomorrow against Dynamo Kiev.

Chelsea travel to Ukraine with with a commanding lead having won the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last week.

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