Date: 12th August 2013 at 5:00pm
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Chelsea defender David Luiz has refused to comment on the rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona whilst he’s on international duty with Brazil.

Seleção are in Basel this week as they prepare for a friendly against Switzerland but it seems the press are more interested in questioning the player over his future than talking about the actual game.

The Blues rejected a bid from Barcelona for the defender last week and reports suggest that a second bid will follow, but Luiz did not want to entertain any questions about any potential move.

He said:

“I will only talk about the national team because this is all I can think about when I come here, that’s how I think.

“It was like this in Brazil during the Confederations Cup, and it will be like this here.

“You (press) can try everything, but you won’t get anything from me.”

(Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Dani Alvez, Brazil and Barcelona fullback, had no problem discussing the destiny of his international team-mate. Alvez admitted that it would be difficult to take a player of Luiz’s quality from a top coach like Jose Mourinho but said he’d love to have him at the Camp Nou.

He told El Mundo Deportivo:

“I would be happy if David Luiz would come to Barcelona. I always want the best for my friends and advise them to join Barca if they get the chance.

“He’s not just a friend, but he has a lot of quality, too. The problem is not whether he would like to come here, but that you have to take him away from Mourinho and that will not be easy.

“Letting David Luiz join Barca will not be an option for him and even less so as it would make us stronger. It will be incredibly difficult, nearly impossible.”

It’s not uncommon for players to use the media and international breaks to effectively ‘tap-up’ fellow professionals from other clubs. I’d imagine the likes of Ashley Cole has already spoken to Wayne Rooney on a number of occasions about a move from Manchester United to Chelsea, but the lads are Barcelona tend to be less subtle than most.

But this won’t change Luiz mind as he is either keen on the move or isn’t and public pleas won’t change what’s already in his head. He doesn’t strike me as a player that would be keen on forcing an exit from Stamford Bridge as he enjoys a great relationship with the club and fans. This doesn’t mean Barcelona can’t tempt him as they are one of the biggest clubs in world football and I suspect most professionals would love to link up with the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar.

It wouldn’t make sense for Chelsea to sell him and the West London club are not in need of the money, so it’ll take a huge figure or a formal transfer request from the player for anything to happen. It’ll also be tough to replace him as there’s not a realistic replacement out there as it stands and it’s so close to the beginning of the season.

Luiz’s silence might worry a few but I don’t think he’ll be leaving Chelsea this summer.

Source: Sky Sports


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