Wednesday, 11 August 2010

REFILE - CORRECTING SPELLING OF LUIZ Benfica's David Luiz gives a thumbs up to fans before their friendly soccer match against the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Massachusetts May 19, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)
Chelsea are ready to step up their pursuit of Benfica defender David Luiz after agreeing to sell Ricardo Carvalho to Real Madrid for £6.7million. 

If reports in English media are to be believed, Chelsea have stepped up their pursuit of Benfica defender David Luiz as replacement for the now departed Ricardo Carvalho. Riccky gave us 6 years of faithful service which one our club 3 Barclays Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups , 1 Carling Cup and 2 Community Sheilds. But now given his age and considering his recent record of injuries for past two seasons, Chelsea felt it was time to call his time at the club and grant him his wish to reunite with his old mentor Jose Mourinho .

Back in 2008, when Mourinho joined Inter Milan, he tried to sign Riccky  and the wish was mutual. Bit Chelsea put their foot down and dismissed all the overtures of the certain Special One. This time though he seems to have won the battle or maybe that Chelsea were more than willing to let him go.

Now that Riccky chapter is closed, Chelsea are already planning for the future and are ready to step up their interest to get our long term target David Luiz. There were reports in the media few weeks before that the first bid for the player from the West London club had been turned down by Benfica suggesting that its not just paper talk but interest is genuine. But  now that Riccky is gone, it wont take long time before second offer goes on Benfica President's table.

David Luiz has all the ingredients to play in Premier League. He is tall, strong with good physique which is very much a necessity in such physical league. Managers like Steve Bruce and Martin Oneil , once a manager of Aston Villa, heaped praises on the young Brazilian after his displays against their respective sides in pre-season friendlies .

If Chelsea gets such a wonderful and talented defender to play in their first team which already boasts of great defenders like Captain Terry, Alex, Ivanovic, Ashley Cole , Bosingwa , I believe our defense will get more miserly to concede goals, which will only bring another Double, or even if I might say  a Treble to Bridge come May 2011 !!!