David Luiz tells Diego Costa to join him at PSG

Luiz would welcome Costa in Paris
Luiz would welcome Costa in Paris

Former Chelsea defender David Luis has urged Blues striker Diego Costa to join him at Paris Saint-Germain, in comments that may not amuse the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.

Costa has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent months after a disastrous start to this season, but he has shown flashes of improving form since Jose Mourinho was sacked as the club's manager last month.

There is a code in the game that should ensure rival managers and players do not encourage players to leave their clubs with public utterances, but Brazil defender Luiz has done just by sounding out his international team-mate in comments appearing in the Daily Mirror.

“Diego is one of the most clinical strikers in Europe, he would be a welcome addition to any team," Luiz has said.

“I think PSG have made their intent clear over the last three or four seasons, that we only add the best player.

“If Diego decides he has had enough of England and wants a new challenge, of course he would be welcome here.

“Diego and myself have had our clashes on the field, but you must understand there are two Diego’s.

“On the field he is physical, he is confrontational, he will get in your face, that is part of his game.

“Off the field he is a good friend, one of the nicest guys you can meet, somebody I would go to dinner with.”

Luiz's comments are particularly inflammatory as they come just a few weeks before Chelsea are due to meet PSG in a Champions League last-16 clash.