Ex-Chelsea star: 'I do not want to return to my club after Paris attacks'
By Alex Stevens
David Luiz has admitted he does not want to return to Paris Saint-Germain following the terror attacks that shook the French capital and claimed 129 lives.
Luiz, who is on international duty with Brazil, is scheduled to head back to Europe after his country’s World Cup qualifier against Peru on Tuesday.
But the £40million former Chelsea defenderis hesitant about returning with fears over the safety of his family and friends in Paris.
“I have my girlfriend and some family and friends in Paris,” Luiz said. “They were all very sad and scared. I don’t know what I’m going to do and whether I will head back [to Paris].
“Playing for PSG is my job but if it were up to me than I would not go back.”
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Luiz, 28, was sent off in the late stages of Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Argentina on Friday night, having stood for a minute’s silence devoted to the Paris catastrophe before kick-off.
Luiz does not have children but lives with his long-term Portuguese girlfriend Sara Madeira and is very close to his mother Regina Celia, who was invited on laps of honour during his time at Stamford Bridge.
PSG return to action at Lorient on Saturday, November 21 before a Champions League clash in Malmo four days later. The Ligue 1 leaders’ next home game is against Troyes on November 28.
Their Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is another player said to be reluctant to return to life France following Friday night’s horrific events.
Cavani did not speak publicly about his fears, but Uruguary team-mate Alvaro Gonzalez said: “The Paris attacks are awful for football and life. Cavani told us that he would prefer not to return there.”