Arsenal defender David Luiz declares final transfer wish for his career

Arsenal centre-back David Luiz has revealed he would like to have another spell at Portuguese side Benfica before he retires.

The 33-year-old moved to Lisbon from Brazil in 2007 for a loan spell at Benfica, but he ended up staying there permanently until moving on to Chelsea in 2011.

Looking back on his time in Portugal in an interview with SporTV Luiz said he found it difficult to leave the club initially, but was told the door would always be open for him to return.

"I was scared to leave Benfica, scared to start a new story," he said. "So Rui [Costa], the director of football, pulled me aside and talked to me. I was scared to bring my story at Benfica to a close, my love and the pleasure I had for living in that country and playing for Benfica.

"I told [Costa], 'I don't want to go, I want to stay, I want to stay.' Rui told me something that touched my heart: 'The doors will always be open for you. You need to show off your football to the whole world.'"

Luiz's current contract with the Gunners runs until the end of next season, and he has not ruled out finishing his career at Benfica.

"I never lost my connection with Benfica, I have that in my heart, everybody knows I want to come back," he added.

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