David Luiz has revealed that as a teenager he would regularly play as current teammate Cesc Fabregas on his PlayStation, despite the players being the same age.
During Fabregas’ early years at Arsenal, he earned ‘wonderkid’ status in the footballing world and has suggested that his early rise has helped make him one of the Premier League’s most experienced and established players.
The Brazilian said of his teammate: “What can you say about Cesc? He’s just top class. He knows more about playing in the Premier League than anybody, perhaps.
“He’s the same age as me, but when I was just a teenager I played PlayStation with him on my screen – because he did so well so quickly as a young footballer. Now we’re in the same team and that’s amazing.”
Fabregas’ recent surge in form has helped to quash rumours earlier in the season that the player was destined to leave this summer, with A.C. Milan touted as a possible destination.
Despite not originally fitting into Chelsea’s new system under Antonio Conte, Fabregas chipped in with some important goals and assists towards the end of their title-winning campaign.
David Luiz has enjoyed a superb season since rejoining from Paris Saint Germain in the summer, fitting in perfectly to the 3-4-3 formation introduced by his manager. A number of other sides have since replicated the setup – most notably Arsenal, who used it to defeat Chelsea 2-1 in Saturday’s F.A. Cup final.