Chelsea are set to reward experienced defender David Luiz with a contract extension after his rejuvenation under Maurizio Sarri, The Evening Standard reports.
The Brazil international started just 16 games last season in Antonio Conte’s final campaign in charge but has re-emerged as an important figure in the squad since Sarri’s appointment, featuring in all seven Premier League matches so far.
Luiz’s current deal is due to expire at the end of the season and Chelsea are preparing to offer a one-year extension to retain the services of the former Paris Saint-Germain man, which would prevent a major defensive overhaul.
The Blues look likely to lose the services of England international Gary Cahill, who also sees his deal expire at the end of the season, and is pushing for an exit in January as he seeks more regular first-team action.
Therefore, Chelsea are keen to ensure they do not lose two experienced figures from their defence in the same year but it will not change Sarri’s ambitions of signing a younger central defender in the upcoming transfer windows.