Businessman (agent?) Kia Joorabchian’s ties with Chelsea and Roman Abramovich stretch back many years, to at least Day 1 of The Roman Era, if not beyond, which made rumors out of Brazil about a souring relationship all the more surprising. UOL Esporte’s report on Monday cited unspecified disputes as well as specific disagreement over fees between Joorabchian and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia for the worsening circumstances, which had also spilled over into the David Luiz contract situation.
But Joorabchian, who technically isn’t David’s agent (but is certainly an advisor and a business partner in their restaurant venture alongside Willian) and who didn’t get where he is today by not managing the narrative properly, has quickly moved to deny any rift with Chelsea while assuring that all parties are working towards a happy resolution for David Luiz.
“Contrary to some reports we are in a very amicable situation with Chelsea. We are trying to work out a deal for David Luiz because he wants to stay, the manager wants him to stay and so does the club. I’m sure something will be worked out.”
-Kia Joorabchian; source: The Sun
The contract standoff with David Luiz centers on Chelsea’s over-30 club policy, which limits any new contract extension to just a single year. The 31-year-old defender is reportedly looking for either a longer deal, or better terms, but it would appear that Chelsea are playing hardball.
But, if there is a will, surely there is a way. David Luiz has been one of the first names on the team sheet all season, and his recent form would suggest he could remain so for a few more years to come yet!