He then signed for Chelsea where he won the UEFA Champions League, Europa League (2), Premier League title and FA Cup (2). But the Lisbon club is where his heart is and where he took Portuguese citizenship although his international football allegiance is with his native Brazil for whom he has been capped 57 times.

David Luiz joined Arsenal last August on an initial one-year deal with an option of a further 12-months inserted into the contract. The North London club are yet to exercise that option and, as it stands, Luiz will become a free agent on 30 June. Luiz earns in the region €140,000 per week at the Emirates Stadium, a contract the club may decide is too expensive in the current climate. The 33-year-old has admitted that he wants to finish his career at Benfica and has revealed talks with the club’s president Luís Filipe Vieira have already taken place. CW