Arsenal star David Luiz insists he wants to end his career at Benfica hinting that he could be on his way out of the Emirates very soon. Luiz joined the Gunners from London rivals Chelsea last summer and signed a two-year contract with the north Londoners where he features regularly in the starting line-up.
However, an extension seems unlikely as the defender is now 33 years old and has made it clear that he would like to retire with former club Benfica.
Luiz broke into the scene during his four-year stint with the Portuguese giants and then moved to Chelsea in 2011 where he took his career to new heights.
The Brazil international enjoyed tremendous success throughout his two tenures at Stamford Bridge and also won trophies with Paris Saint-Germain in between.
The centre-back now remains loyal to Arsenal but his heart is set on putting an end to his career at the Estadio da Luz with a Benfica shirt on.
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Luiz told Benfica’s official website: “I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica.
“In football everything changes, what is true today, tomorrow is a lie, but my feeling is not! I love Benfica.
“My dream is to step on the pitch of Estadio da Luz in their colours.
“For all that I lived and felt, for what Benfica is in my life and in my history, for everything, Benfica is bigger than any player.”
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This is not the first time Luiz makes such statements as he said earlier this year that he has never lost connection with Benfica.
The Brazilian said: “I never lost my connection with Benfica, I have that in my heart, everybody knows I want to come back.
“I want to wear the Benfica shirt again and feel that sensation. The day I come back to the Estadio da Luz it is going to be very special, one of the greatest feelings of my life.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, though, wants Luiz to stay at the Emirates for next season and even seems keen to offer him an extension.
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Arteta insists he is “delighted” with his performances and the way he interacts with his team-mates on the pitch.
The Spaniard said: “He is a player that has won more trophies than anybody else in that dressing room.
“We have to use that in a very powerful way. I am very pleased with him. In the games he has played under me so far he has been terrific.
“‘His attitude in training, the way he communicates with his team-mates, his desire to still learn, it’s superb. I am delighted with him.”
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