Aug 7, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT
The World Cup was kind for defender David Luiz until Germany trounced his home country in the semifinals, 7-1, with his subpar performance as a leader of Brazil’s back line drawing substantial criticism.
Nonetheless, in his professional club career, he had made the switch from the BPL to Ligue 1–leaving a three-year stint at Chelsea for a new adventure at Paris Saint-Germain, a reported fee of £50 million forcing his departure from Stamford Bride.
Flashing David Beckham’s former No.32, Luiz was unveiled at his new side today, glad to rid himself of the recent international misfortune.
“If the World Cup had finished at the quarter-final stage then you wouldn’t be asking questions about my ability,” Luiz said. “I’ve had time to digest the end of our World Cup and now I’m ready to do everything to help PSG.”
— PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) August 7, 2014
Luiz will join a PSG team that will look to capture its third straight league title, having to face competition, besides AS Monaco, that generally isn’t capable of challenging the French giants.
This scene should provide the Brazilian footballer with comfort, considering the fierce chase for the Premier League title with a handful of squads vying for the top spot. Luiz will also have the companionship of his fellow countryman and center back Thiago Silva, who left AC Milan in 2012 to come on board at PSG.
“Brazilian defenders play for all the best clubs,” Luiz said. “Thiago Silva and I are very good friends, we understand what the other is thinking with one look and we respect each other. We trust each other and will give our all out on the pitch. But I am ready to help out in any position; it’s not up to me to choose, I just play football.”
PSG will face Reims in Ligue 1 play on Friday, but Luiz will likely not be fit for the match after his post-World Cup rest.
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