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David Luiz insists he will return to Benfica as Arsenal contract nears end

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David Luiz has made it very clear he wants to return to Benfica (Picture: Getty Images)

David Luiz says his footballing future lies at Benfica, insisting he will return to his former club with just over 12 months left on his Arsenal contract

The Brazil international made his name at the Portuguese club, earning a move to Chelsea in 201, before going on to also turn out for Paris Saint-Germain and now the Gunners.

The defender has enjoyed great success since leaving Benfica but insists that he intends to go back there before the end of his career, and with his Arsenal deal expiring in 2021, that could be the time to do it.

Luiz turned 33-years-old last month and his next contract may prove to be the last substantial one of his career.

‘I always said that I would like to end my career at Benfica,’ the Brazilian told Benfica’s official website.

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‘In football everything changes, what is true today, tomorrow is a lie, but my feeling is not!

‘I love Benfica. My dream is to step on the pitch of Estadio da Luz in their colours.

‘For all that I lived and felt, for what Benfica is in my life and in my history, for everything, Benfica is bigger than any player.’

Luiz played for Benfica from 2007-11 (Picture: Getty Images)

Despite playing for other clubs in England and France, Luiz has never hidden his love for the Lisbon side.

Luiz told SporTV earlier this year: ‘I never lost my connection with Benfica, I have that in my heart, everybody knows I want to come back.

‘I want to wear the Benfica shirt again and feel that sensation. The day I come back to the Estadio da Luz it is going to be very special, one of the greatest feelings of my life.’

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Arsenal may be keen to extend Luiz’s stay in north London, if they can persuade him to do so, with manager Mikel Arteta claiming to be very pleased with him during his time in charge so far.

‘He is a player that has won more trophies than anybody else in that dressing room,’ said Arteta.

‘We have to use that in a very powerful way. I am very pleased with him. In the games he has played under me so far he has been terrific.

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‘His attitude in training, the way he communicates with his team-mates, his desire to still learn, it’s superb. I am delighted with him.’

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