Luiz extends Chelsea contract

BY foxsports • September 23, 2012

Chelsea defender David Luiz has signed a new five-year contract to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2017.

Luiz was less than two years into the five-and-a-half-year deal he penned when joining the Blues in January 2011.

But the European champions have moved to tie the 25-year-old down until 2017.

Luiz told the club's official website: "I am very happy to sign a new contract with Chelsea.

"It is a great club and I look forward to winning more trophies here.

"I want to play for a long time at the top level - which is what playing for Chelsea means.

"I love everything about the club and especially the fans, who have made me very welcome and given me great support."

Luiz has become a cult figure at Chelsea since joining them from Benfica in a deal worth around ?25million and helped them to Champions League and FA Cup glory last season.

He has also come under fire for some of his defending, with former Manchester United defender Gary Neville famously comparing him to a player being "controlled by a 10-year-old on a PlayStation".

But that did not prevent him from being linked with Barcelona and a new contract will end that speculation for the time being.

Saturday's Premier League game against Stoke was Luiz's seventh start in Chelsea's eight matches this season in all competitions.