Contract update: Chelsea keen on tying experienced defender to a fresh deal

FA Cup holders Chelsea are reportedly keen on committing David Luiz to a new long-term contract with his existing deal due to expire at the conclusion of the 2018/19 campaign.

Luiz’s career with the Blues appeared on the downslide after he was overlooked for regular Premier League action last term due to a knee injury and a drop in form under former boss Antonio Conte.

As such, there had been claims that the Brazilian may not remain with the west London side beyond the summer transfer window but that did not end up being the case after he was assured of regular playing time under new coach Maurizio Sarri.

Since then, Luiz has barely put a foot wrong for the Capital outfit while starting each of the club’s opening seven league games and Evening Standard now reports that the club are keen to extend his stay beyond the current campaign.

As per the publication, the Blues are reluctant to lose both Luiz and Gary Cahill at the expiry of their contracts next summer and they have made it a priority to prolong the former’s contract beyond that period.

Just like Luiz, Cahill was fundamental to the Blues’ Premier League title triumph during the 2016/17 season but he has surprisingly been phased out under the new manager, who has preferred to stick with Luiz and Antonio Rudiger at the heart of the defence.

As a result, the former Bolton Wanderers man has already admitted that he could part ways with the club and the Blues are said to be eyeing a younger replacement in either January or at the end of the season depending on his decision.

Over the years, Chelsea have gone with a strict policy whereby players above 30 are only handed extensions on a yearly basis and it remains to be seen whether they would twist the rules to facilitate Luiz’s stay for the long-term.

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