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Friday 9 December 2016

Luiz reluctant to return to Paris after Friday massacre

PSG star David Luiz
PSG star David Luiz
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Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian star David Luiz admits he has concerns about returning to his club following the terror attacks that shook the French capital and claimed 129 lives.

Luiz, on international duty with Brazil, is scheduled to head back to Europe after his country's World Cup qualifier against Peru tomorrow night.

But the £50million defender - signed from Chelsea in the summer of 2014 - has fears over the safety of his family and friends in Paris.

Luiz, 28, was sent off in the late stages of Brazil's 1-1 draw with Argentina on Friday night, having stood for a minute's silence devoted to the Paris catastrophe before kick-off.

"I have my girlfriend and some family and friends in Paris," Luiz said. "They were all very sad and scared. I don't know what I'm going to do and whether I will head back (to Paris)."

There has been talk that Luiz would leave the Brazil camp with a suspension hanging over his head but he added: "Playing for PSG is my job but if it were up to me than I would not go back," he said.

Luiz does not have children but lives with his long-term Portuguese girlfriend Sara Madeira and is very close to his mother Regina Celia, who was invited on laps of honour during his time at Stamford Bridge.

PSG return to action at Lorient this Saturday, before a Champions League clash in Malmo four days later.

The Ligue 1 leaders' next home game is against Troyes on November 28.

Their Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani (left) is another player said to be reluctant to return to life France following Friday night's horrific events.

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