David Luiz excited over Lukaku’s return to Chelsea, reveals what Abramovich told him before Blues’ 2012 Champions League victory

Former Chelsea defender David Luiz has expressed his excitment at the Romelu Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge.

The ex-Inter Milan goal machine sealed a £97.5million five-year move to the Blues which will see him return to Chelsea after leaving the club in 2014.

David Luiz told the Daily Mail: “Romelu deserves this move.

“I remember the day he missed the deciding penalty against Bayern Munich in the Super Cup (in 2013) and he was so sad, just a young boy. But he is not a kid now, he is a real man. I think he will prove to be amazing for Chelsea.”

Luiz signed for Chelsea from Benfica in 2011. The following year he was lining up in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, in Munich.

The Brazilian played 120 minutes of the 1-1 draw and, in the shootout, placed his penalty into the top corner. Gary Neville called it ‘perfect’ on commentary.

He said: “I perhaps should not have played. But some special people encouraged me to take that step, to play even though I was not fit. They told me not to be scared. There was big pressure after that.

“Roman Abramovich spoke to me on the day of the game and asked, ‘How is your leg?’ I told him, ‘It does not matter, I play with my head and my heart’.

“He said, ‘Go away, I don’t want to see your face, I am so nervous!’ I said to him, ‘Don’t worry, we will win’.

“But it could have gone badly wrong. Imagine if I’d been forced off after 10 minutes, or I made a mistake for a goal because I could not run? It was a big, big decision.”

Did his hamstring hurt during his 10-yard run-up to his penalty kick? ‘Was it hurting during the penalties? It was hurting during the warm-up!

“But I was the only Brazilian in this game, that meant a lot. I had many things in my head trying to block out the pain — the dream, the love, the adrenalin.

“After the game, with the trophy, no one cared about my leg, not even me. It was only in the middle of the night when the adrenalin wore off that the pain returned.”