The Daily Mail have a story that has cheered Chelsea fans up here in the Football Transfer Tavern after their friendly drubbing by Real Madrid last night as they note that the club will not be selling David Luiz this summer.
The Brazilian international defender is a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with a move away from the Blues in recent weeks, with not only Bayern Munich’s new manager Pep Guardiola considering adding the defender to his treble winning side but former suitors Barcelona back in the race for the player.
The Catalan giants have already seen a £34.5 million bid rejected and now face being told that Luiz is not for sale under any circumstances.
Mourinho has decided to keep the Brazilian and work on his defensive game, noting before the penultimate game of the pre-season tour that Luiz would be involved in some way in the final game before the season officially kicks off and ultimately that he would be remaining a Chelsea player.
Barcelona are keen to land a defender and one who fits their style of play – something that Luiz does in abundance. Now it seems that they will have to look elsewhere with Luiz happy and settled in London and not willing to push for a transfer despite some early reports stating he would be willing to take a pay cut to force through a move. Barcelona are now expected to turn their attentions to Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.