David Luiz ‘was wanted by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti’ after the defender left Arsenal with Ramos and Varane, leaving a hole in the back…
- 34-year-old Brazilian defender left Arsenal at the end of last season
- Luiz attracted a lot of interest from clubs from all over Europe and the Middle East
- He also reportedly received a call from new Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
- The pair briefly worked together at Chelsea during the 2010-11 campaign
- Ancelotti worried Real defense was weak after Ramos and Varane left
- But the club’s quota of non-EU players was already full and the deal fell through
David Luiz ‘was wanted by Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti’ after his departure from Arsenal in the summer, but red tape prevented the move.
Ancelotti feared the Bernabeu club would defend lightly after the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United respectively.
Although Real had brought in David Alaba after his contract with Bayern Munich expired, their new manager reportedly felt that another centre-back was needed.
David Luiz could have ended up at Real Madrid after leaving Arsenal earlier this year
Ancelotti signed Brazilian defender Luiz in January 2011 when he was Chelsea manager
According to the Brazilian newspaper Globo, called Ancelotti Luiz, who would have been available for nothing after his contract with Arsenal expired.
The pair previously teamed up at Chelsea during the second half of the 2010-11 season after the Brazilian signed for £21.3 million from Benfica in January.
However, Ancelotti’s attempts to recruit the 34-year-old failed as Real had already reached its quota of non-EU players in the squad.
Luiz’ Brazilian compatriots Eder Militao, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo have effectively paid for his move to the Spanish capital.
Upcoming manager Ancelotti feared Real would fall short in the back after Sergio Ramos (left) and Raphael Varane (right) left the club in the summer
Luiz played 73 times for Arsenal in two years and has since joined Brazilian club Flamengo.
Luiz eventually returned to Brazil and joined Flamengo despite interest from Everton, West Ham, Benfica, Lazio, Marseille, Lille and Qatari club Al-Rayyan.
Globo reports that his former club Benfica has made the most persistent efforts but was unable to free up space in their budget by firing players.
Al-Rayyan offered Luiz £12million for a two-year contract and their French coach Laurent Blanc phoned the player to try and sell the opportunity.
Luiz ruled out any possible move to Marseille due to his connection to their rivals PSG, where he played for two years before returning to Chelsea in 2016.
The defender played 73 times for Arsenal during his two seasons there, but never looked quite convincing in an underperforming side.