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David Luiz: Abramovich still hungry for more Chelsea glory

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Chelsea defender David Luiz is confident owner Roman Abramovich is far from done with the club, despite his continued absence.

Russian billionaire Abramovich hasn’t been able to return to Great Britain over the past year due to troubles in gaining a visa renewal. Therefore, he has been absent from Chelsea all season.

This had prompted concerns in Stamford Bridge that Abramovich may opt to sell Chelsea after nearly 16 years of owning the club.

But Luiz, who recently signed a new contract until June 2021, revealed he held positive talks with the 52-year-old prior to committing his future to the club.

“I had the opportunity to talk with him last week to decide my future,” said Luiz, according to Sky Sports.

“He loves the club and everything that is inside the club, not just the people. He wants to win everything, he wants to do more.

“It’s difficult for him, he has been away but his heart is here. He tries to be involved every single day. He’s still really passionate for the club. He has the same hunger, thinking about winning. He doesn’t want to lose energy.

“He’s the one who built Chelsea – everything at Chelsea changed because of him. The results speak for themselves, 15 trophies in 15 years.”

Meanwhile, the Brazilian centre-back was thrilled with how Chelsea’s season ended overall despite the struggles.

In what was Maurizio Sarri’s debut campaign as manager, the Blues finished third in the Premier League to secure a return to Champions League football next term regardless of the outcome of their Europa League final with Arsenal in Baku on May 29.

Luiz added: “We did amazing, especially with the first year for a new coach. Nobody expected Chelsea to finish third. Everybody thought we were going to be out of the Champions League.

“We’re fighting for the Europa League and we lost the League Cup on penalties, a competition where we beat Liverpool and Tottenham and were the better side against Manchester City in the final.”

Luiz has managed three goals and two assists in 49 appearances for Chelsea this season.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 08: David Luiz of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on December 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)