Chelsea defender David Luiz accepts players moving out of clubs is part of the business of football but admits it is difficult for teammates.
The Brazilian insists the potential departure of Cesc Fabregas from the club is difficult due to the player’s influence on and off the pitch.
Fabregas is understood to be leaving Chelsea due to a lack of appearances under Maurizio Sarri, despite his admiration for the Italian manager’s style of football.
The former Barcelona midfielder is expected to join AS Monaco this month and Luiz insists outgoing moves are a part of football he has come to accept.
“It’s always difficult to lose players,” he said, according to Goal.
“Especially like him (Fabregas), because like I say he’s a world-class player but also I understand it’s part of the process, and if it’s better for him and better for the club, we have to understand that.”
“I think the football is showing every day it’s not just about the 11 players. We have many games, every week you have to change the team. Football years ago, you can talk about the 11 important players, that’s it.”
“Now, football you need a minimum 20 players to play, and to move, to rotate. Even if he was not a regular this season, he was an important player for us, like today, he had another great game.”