David Luiz is all set to leave Arsenal in the summer when his contract expires.
As per Daily Mail and David Ornstein, David Luiz has informed Arsenal of his wish to depart from the club. The two reports suggest that both parties have agreed it is time to go their separate ways in the summer.
David Ornstein added that David Luiz did not have any plans to remain at Arsenal and would have turned down any offer put on the table by the club.
The Brazilian has spent two years at Arsenal after joining from Chelsea. David Luiz has been a key part of Mikel Arteta’s side this season and has played 30 matches. In total, he has played 73 times for Arsenal in the two years at the club and has won the FA Cup.
Arsenal will reportedly announce David Luiz’s departure in July when his contract officially expires.
What next for David Luiz after leaving Arsenal?
Some rumors suggest David Luiz could be on his way back to Benfica. The Portuguese club was where he burst onto the scene before Chelsea snapped him up.
Former teammate Nuno Gomes has urged David Luiz to move back to Benfica in the summer. Speaking to Goal earlier this year, Gomes said:
“Let’s see what happens. I remember that when he left Benfica he was very well adapted to Portugal in terms of his career on the pitch and his social life off the pitch. He was like a Portuguese already in terms of his way of life and culture. He struggled a little bit to leave because he was doing very well and was very well settled here.
“But the offer that he received, he couldn’t refuse. But he always said that one day he wanted to return. I don’t know if it will be possible or not, but I would love it to happen.”
David Luiz moved to Chelsea in 2011 before leaving for PSG and returning a few seasons later. He was not in Frank Lampard’s plans at Stamford Bridge and thus made a short trip across London to join Arsenal in 2019.