Chelsea defender David Luiz says that club owner “Roman Abramovich wants to win everything” and continues to do his best on a daily basis despite his long-term absence at Stamford Bridge.
The 52-year-old Russian billionaire has been absent at the club since running into problems renewing his British visa last year due to political tensions between the two countries.
Although it has been reported by the British media in recent weeks that Abramovich is even interested in selling the club, Luiz said he had not lost his hunger for success having spoken with him prior to signing his new contract at the club last week.
“I had the opportunity to talk with him last week to decide my future,” Luiz told The Daily Mail.
“He loves the club and everything that is inside the club, not just the people. He wants to win everything, he wants to do more.
“It’s difficult for him, he has been away but his heart is here. He tries to be involved every single day. He’s still really passionate for the club. He has the same hunger, thinking about winning. He doesn’t want to lose energy.
“He’s the one who built Chelsea – everything at Chelsea changed because of him. The results speak for themselves, 15 trophies in 15 years.”
The Blues managed a third-place finish in the Premier League to return to the Champions League in Maurizio Sarri’s debut season and could cap off their campaign with a trophy if they beat Arsenal in the Europa League final in Baku on May 29.
“We did amazing, especially with the first year for a new coach,” Luiz said. “Nobody expected Chelsea to finish third. Everybody thought we were going to be out of the Champions League.
“We’re fighting for the Europa League and we lost the League Cup on penalties, a competition where we beat Liverpool and Tottenham and were the better side against Manchester City in the final.”