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David Luiz maintains Benfica flame

Arsenal defender David Luiz says he would still like to play for Benfica again, having represented the club when he first moved to Europe.

Luiz joined the Portuguese giants in 2007 before joining Chelsea in 2011. The Brazilian, whose Arsenal contract expires next summer, says he would love to return to Lisbon.

He told SporTV, “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."

The player admits he was reluctant to leave the club in 2011. “I was scared to leave Benfica, scared to start a new story.

"So Rui [Costa], the director of football, pulled me aside and talked to me. I was scared to bring my story at Benfica to a close, my love and the pleasure I had for living in that country and playing for Benfica.

"I told [Costa], 'I don't want to go, I want to stay, I want to stay.' Rui told me something that touched my heart: 'The doors will always be open for you. You need to show off your football to the whole world.'"

 
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