David Luiz says happy to head to French champions PSG

AFP| Last Updated: May 31, 2014, 08:56 AM IST

David Luiz said Friday he was happy to start a new phase of his career at Paris Saint-Germain, after they reached a deal to buy the Brazilian defender from Chelsea.

"I made a point of wrapping everything up before coming to train with the national team," he told journalists at Brazil`s base camp outside Rio de Janeiro, where they are preparing to launch their World Cup campaign on June 12.

"It`s a new phase, a new project, a new country, a new language.... I was very happy at Chelsea, I won titles, but I had arrived at the end of a cycle. I`m going to start a new cycle in Paris.

"It`s going to be announced when the (transfer) window opens. But I can already say I`ve reached a deal with Paris and I`m very happy to be going there."

Cash-flush PSG are reportedly paying £50 million ($84 million, 61 million euros) for Luiz, a world-record fee for a defender.

Asked about playing at PSG alongside Thiago Silva, he said his Brazil teammate and fellow defender was a "marvellous person who always makes me really happy.

"We`ve never been rivals. He`s a great leader," he said.

At Chelsea Luiz was primarily used in a defensive midfield role by Blues manager Jose Mourinho after being unable to break up the central defensive partnership of John Terry and Gary Cahill.

The 27-year-old, who joined the west Londoners from Benfica for £21.3 million in January 2011, made only 19 appearances in the Premier League this season, although he did help Chelsea eliminate PSG from the Champions League quarter-finals.