David Luiz hasn’t made much of an effort to disguise his interest in a possible switch to Barcelona.
The Brazilian centre back come defensive midfield player has emerged as the next candidate to take the long term role of Carles Puyol in the current side.
The signing of Neymar will be completed today, which means the focus will soon switch to signing a key defender to try and stop some of the problems we saw from last season, especially in the Champions League.
David Luiz has watched his profile and stock rise at Chelsea this season because he’s put doubts over his defensive ability to one side and has also proven that he can be a versatile holding midfield player.
Luiz has admitted that he could be tempted into a move to the Nou Camp, through some veiled comments.
“My objective is to be happy and this is possible by playing in a team that controls the ball. Barcelona is the team that plays the best football in the last few years. I know Barca are interested in my services,” he told the Press.
Luiz’s Chelsea future depends a lot on how Jose Mourinho wants to use him at Stamford Bridge.
He’s stepped into midfield and has played well, almost relishing the slightly less pressure of playing out of the back four and being able to give in to his more natural urges as a football player.
However, his calmness and composure on the ball means more often than not, his coach is going to put him in the heart of the defence.
It’s a case of whether he’s happy to maintain his current place in the Chelsea back four or whether he wants to push for a move to go and play in the Barcelona back four.
Mourinho may choose to use him in the same way that Rafa Benitez did, a combination of the defensive and midfield jobs which he has now become synonymous with.
However, the age and stage of career which John Terry is currently going through means that David Luiz is just as needed in a long term sense at Chelsea as he is at Barcelona.
We won’t know if he wants to bite at Barcelona temptation until the interest becomes official and they start to go after him but it seems like it would take a big deal to pull it off.
The player seems to have a lingering interest but he doesn’t have any motive at the moment to leave Chelsea and that will be decisive.
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