N’Golo Kanté, César Azpilicueta, and Marcos Alonso have already signed. Talks with Antonio Rüdiger are ongoing, while Eden Hazard’s situation is just waiting for him to make up his mind. Those long-term deals should ensure that Chelsea’s core stays strong for the next few years at least.
But there are plenty of other players who have big decisions to make in the near future, including a certain David Luiz, who has six months left on the three-year contract he signed in 2016 when he came back to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain. The Geezer, now 31, is far from done playing however.
Matching a few previous rumors and as revealed by Matt Law of the Telegraph, Chelsea do have a one-year contract extension on the table. The length of the extension is standard club policy for players over 30, re-confirmed once again when Pedro signed his one-year extension in the summer. David Luiz is surely aware of this policy as well — if Chelsea didn’t make an exception for John Terry, they’re not going to do it for anyone else — but that apparently isn’t stopping him from trying to push for more.
The report claims that there are other potential offers waiting in the wings — David will be free to talk to clubs outside of England starting in January — but he’s weighing all that against his love for the club.
“I am just trying to enjoy myself, like I do every single day. Then, for sure, we will do the best thing for me, for Chelsea, for everybody.
“We are still talking, let’s see. Let’s see what the future brings. I love this club, everybody knows I want to stay.”
-David Luiz; source: Telegraph
What the future is likely to bring is a decision from David Luiz whether he’s happy with just a one-year deal, or if he’ll try his luck elsewhere. Perhaps against the odds, he’s re-established himself as a key first-team player under Sarri, and that will probably factor into whatever decision to may make.