The Evening Standard has today pretty much confirmed that David Luiz will be getting a new contract this summer.
That’s an easy decision for the board to make at this stage. The Brazilian is out of contract in the summer, and as it stands will be able to walk away from Chelsea, with the club unable to buy a replacement thanks to the transfer ban currently in place.
In reality, it’s probably not a decision the club would have made in normal circumstances. They had made no attempts to keep him before this, and clearly it is the situation dictating to the club.
This is just the first example of this, and we’re likely to see a lot more of it in the next few months. Players who might have been allowed to leave will stay, others set for another loan may have a first team role to play after all.
Good things may come from some of these decisions, but each time a senior figure at the club finds their hands tied by our punishment from FIFA, we are reminded that the effects extend far beyond just not being able to sign people.