Mourinho insists Luiz is staying at Chelsea

Jose Mourinho intends to make it crystal clear that he has no interest in letting David Luiz leave Chelsea, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the manager planning on making the Barcelona target one of the pillars of his new Blues side.

It had been claimed that the Catalans were preparing a £45m offer for the popular Brazil international defender – and suggestions Luiz was heading for the Stamford Bridge exit door appeared to be lent credence when he was not part of the Chelsea side to play a pre-season friendly against Milan on Sunday.

But instead of being left out because he was about to leave, the newspaper understands Luiz missed the match with a slight injury, and is expected to play in Chelsea’s next friendly against Roma on Saturday.

Mourinho added that since working with Luiz after he returned to training following the Confederations Cup, he has been highly impressed with the 26-year-old. “He has big self-confidence and self-esteem, especially when he comes up from the back with the ball,” Mourinho said. “Can he improve defensively? Of course. But it is my job to try always to improve players,” the manager added.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich – who was present for the Milan win – is also thought to be an admirer of Luiz, a £21m signing from Benfica in 2011, and it would take a substantial offer for Chelsea to agree to let the player leave.

Since moving to London two-and-a-half years ago, Luiz has made 109 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals. He has also been occasionally deployed in midfield, under Mourinho’s predecessor, interim manager Rafael Benitez.

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