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Liam TwomeyChelsea correspondent
Chelsea shield David Luiz has stated owner Roman Abramovich remains enthusiastic about the club and added he discussed his recent contract extension right with the Russian.
Abramovich has been absent from Stamford Bridge annually amid his continuing standoff with the UK government, that last year declined his application to expand his tier-1 investor visa, and Chelsea officials have been driven to deny that their owner is amenable to selling the team to British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe.
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And Luiz stated Abramovich — who is expected to attend when Chelsea take on New England Revolution in a friendly branded’Final Whistle on Hate’ at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday — will be invested in the club’s success on the pitch ever.
“He has been off but his heart remains here,” Luiz said of Abramovich in an interview with the Daily Mail. “He enjoys this bar. He is the person who constructed Chelsea.
“Everything in Chelsea transformed for him. The results speak for themselves: 15 trophies in 15 years. He came to do something awesome and he did it.
“I had the opportunity to speak with him , to determine my future. He likes the club and also everything that’s within the bar, not the people. He would like to win everything. He is still with the team in love and wants to do more\.
“It is hard for himpersonally, but his soul is with ushe attempts to be involved every single day. He’s still passionate for your own club. He is still thinking in exactly the same manner. He has exactly the hunger. He does not need to drop energy.”
Luiz, 32, is excited about staying among Chelsea’s seasoned leaders following registering up a two-year contract extension last week, and the Brazil international is excited about guiding the development of the club’s many talented academy prospects.
“We’ve got high class players and we’ve got good young players,” he added. “Ruben (*) has been the best season of his profession.
“For me they have the amount to become with us try to assist the team. It’s a huge opportunity for Chelsea to draw back these playerssince they are English. We can construct some legends for your club.”