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OFFICIAL: Chelsea complete David Luiz signing

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chelsea have announced they have wrapped up the signing of Brazil and Benfica defender David Luiz.

Reports suggest that an initial £21 million deal has been agreed, with Chelsea set to pay £17 million of the fee up front.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has been chasing the 23-year-old for months and feels Luiz is the answer to all his team's recent defensive problems.

"I am delighted to be joining a big English club, and I know very well the quality that Chelsea has," Luiz told the Blues' official website.

"It is a major challenge for me but I am determined and confident in my ability to adapt to this excellent league, and I look forward to meeting my new-team mates."

Chairman Bruce Buck added: "It is a delight to have completed this transfer for a fantastic young footballer who we have admired for some time.

"David has played in the Champions League and the squad now has a more experienced look to it that will hopefully serve us well for the rest of this season and going forward."

As part of the deal Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matić will head to the Portuguese club once his loan deal at Vitesse Arnhem comes to an end in the summer.

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