David Luiz has revealed he turned down Chelsea's offer of a new contract before joining Paris Saint Germain this summer.
Brazilian international Luiz became the world's most expensive defender when he joined the Ligue 1 champions in a deal worth €50m despite failing to hold down a first team role in the Blues backline during his two and a half years in the Premier League.
Following the 26-year-old's departure, Jose Mourinho opted not to sign another centre half, suggesting he was happy with his options of John Terry, Gary Cahill, and Kurt Zouma, with Branislav also available to provide cover.
But Luiz has suggested the Blues were in fact keen to retain his services.
"Chelsea offered me a new contract to stay but it was my choice to come here," Luiz told reporters after PSG's 1-1 draw with Monaco on Sunday, the Guardian reported.
"I was happy with the plan PSG offered me and I think it was exactly the right moment to move. I was so happy at Chelsea – I won two titles, I won another title for the FA Cup, so it was great for me.
"I am a lucky guy. I was playing for a big club in Chelsea and now I've got another opportunity to play for a big club."
After winning the French title by nine points last term, PSG have endured a slow start to this season. Laurent Blanc's side have only won three of their opening nine games and currently sit seven points behind Marcelo Bielsa's Marseille who are the early leaders.
His former club meanwhile have enjoyed a thrilling start to the Premier League season and are five points clear at the top following Sunday's win over Arsenal, but Luiz remains satisfied with his decision to leave Stamford Bridge.
"I made my choice and I'm happy with my choice. I'm happy to see my friends at Chelsea playing very well, and I'm happy to be here," said Luiz.
"They've been doing very well for many, many years. It is important to finish well, not just the beginning."