DAVID LUIZ will leave Chelsea on a free at the end of the season.
According to reports by the Times, David Luiz is 31 and will be leaving because of Chelsea’s policy of only offering players aged 30 or over one-year extensions.
Cesc Fabregas is in the same boat as Luiz and he could leave when the transfer window reopens in January.
But Luiz, who has made himself a mainstay in the Chelsea side under Maurizio Sarri, will depart in the summer.
Luiz and Fabregas are free to discuss moves to clubs outside England from next month.
The Brazilian’s departure would be a hammer blow to Sarri, who told the club to change their contract policy.
He wants Chelsea to shelve their over-30 policy but it appears his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Sarri said earlier this month: “I spoke with the club about this one month ago.
“I know very well that it’s not easy, but I think we can do a new deal for both.
“They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a centre-back for this level and it is very difficult to find a centre-midfielder technically like Fabregas, so I think they have to stay with us.
“The deal is very difficult for this reason [both players are over 30 years of age]. The club wants a short contract and the players want a long contract
“It is difficult for this reason but I think we can find a solution.”
Luiz was left out in the cold by Antonio Conte last season but he has played 17 Premier League games this time around under Sarri.