According to The Times, David Luiz will leave Chelsea on a free at the end of the season.

The 31-year-old is leaving because of club’s policy of only offering players aged 30 or over one-year extensions, and he could leave when the transfer window reopens in January.

And South American ace is free to discuss moves to clubs outside England from next month. The Selecao star’s departure would be a hammer blow to Maurizio Sarri, who told the club to change their over-30 policy but it appears his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Maurizio Sarri said earlier this month: “I spoke with the club about this one month ago. “I know very well that it’s not easy, but I think we can do a new deal for both.

“They are very important players for us. It is very difficult to find a centre-back for this level and it is very difficult to find a centre-midfielder technically like Fabregas, so I think they have to stay with us.

“The deal is very difficult for this reason [both players are over 30 years of age].

The club wants a short contract and the players want a long contract “It is difficult for this reason but I think we can find a solution.”