David Luiz has claimed that Chelsea striker Diego Costa would be welcome at Paris Saint-Germain if he ever wants to leave Stamford Bridge, and also praised the controversial forward as “a good friend” off the field.
27-year-old Costa has really struggled this term after guiding the Blues to a wire-to-wire Premier League title last season. The Spain international has netted only seven times in 18 league appearances so far but has been forced to answer the critics repeatedly regarding his happiness at the club following confrontations with former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
With Diego Costa consistently linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, David Luiz has revealed in an interview with the Mirror that his club PSG would happily welcome the arrival of a striker like Diego Costa.
“Diego is one of the most clinical strikers in Europe, he would be a welcome addition to any team,” Luiz, who moved to the French Giants from Chelsea for £40m in 2014, said on Monday. “I think PSG have made their intent clear over the last three or four seasons, that we only add the best players.
“If Diego decides he has had enough of England and wants a new challenge, of course, he would be welcome here.”
There were several rumours going on over the last 3-4 months suggesting that PSG’s star striker Ibrahimovic is likely to join Beckham’s future MLS franchise in Miami after his current contract with PSG ends at the end of this campaign. Manchester United are also interested to sign the lethal striker and the French champions are desperately looking for a perfect replacement if Ibra decides to leave this summer.
Luiz and Costa were up against each other a number of times in their clubs’ Champions League last-16 second-leg clash last March, a match in which Luiz eventually scored. However, the Brazilian defender admits the former Atletico Madrid forward has two sides.
“Diego and myself have had our clashes on the field, but you must understand there are two Diegos.
“On the field he is physical, he is confrontational, he will get in your face, that is part of his game.
“Off the field he is a good friend, one of the nicest guys you can meet, somebody I would go to dinner with.”
PSG and Chelsea will once again face each other in the Champions League round of 16 next month. Former Chelsea defender Luiz also warns the Blues, despite their shocking league position currently, are not to be underestimated at any cost.
Luiz further said: “We have two very big games coming up against Chelsea. With them having such a poor season in the league they will be even more motivated to do well in Europe. I welcome two big battles with Diego. I am sure they will be physical, but both games will end in a hug.”