Emery Wanted To Hold On To Luiz

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Unai Emery, PSG coach has stated he wanted David Luiz to remain at the club, but the defender elected against that.

The Brazilian defender left the capital club to rejoin the club he left two years ago. And he’s leaving PSG stranded for defenders in the process.

Emery plans to use Serge Aurier as cover in centre back, but Thiago Silva is expected back from hip injury and is due for his first match of the season.

“The transfer window is over,” Emery told reporters ahead of PSG’s Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne on Friday.

“I wanted David Luiz here but he said he had a good offer from Chelsea and he wanted to leave. He knew my position, then he spoke with the club and he obtained his agreement.

“Today we have three central defenders and Serge Aurier can evolve into a central defender with a little work. He can help the team if needed.

“Silva is an important player for the team, a reference for the other players. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow but I will not take risks. We will not rush him.

“Marquinhos, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria arrive [back from international duty] today. We will see how they are for tomorrow’s game.

“On the other hand, we take our decision for the four injured players: Aurier, Jese, Silva and Javier Pastore. Maxwell had a little pain and did not participate in training on Tuesday and Wednesday. But I want all players to be 100 per cent.

“Grzegorz Krychowiak is motivated and he wants to play, so that’s good. He will show his qualities when he returns.”



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