Bayern Munich coach Guardiola rules out move for Chelsea’s David Luiz

David Luiz

The European champions will not be making a bid for the Brazil international, despite increased speculation in the press.

Since Jose Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge there has been a lot of speculation over who the Portuguese manager will bring into the club, but also a handful of existing players whose futures in west London are in doubt.

Luiz has been one of those mooted with a move away from the Blues, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich thought to be keen to sign the South American.

However, Die Roten coach Pep Gaurdiola has ended speculation that the Bundesliga powerhouses could make a move for Luiz, and stated he is happy with the defensive options at his disposal at the Allianz Arena.

"David Luiz will not be coming to Munich. I have four, five central defenders who I am very pleased with.”

If the truth is told, the likelihood of Bayern ever making a move for the Chelsea man never really held much traction, for a number of reasons.

Firstly, with Luiz in demand and Chelsea in no need to sell, the transfer fee to prize a defender susceptible to glaring mistakes would have been extortionate. Although Bayern are cash-rich and have the means to afford the centre-half, whether they would be willing to splurge £30 million on him remains to be seen.

The miserly Bayern rearguard only conceded 18 goals in 34 Bundesliga fixtures last term, and their treble-winning team was built around a no-nonsense approach and solidarity at the back. Luiz, who is an excellent ball-player but is somewhat eccentric, does not fit into the rigid demands that Bayern employ in defence.

In Dante, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng and Daniel van Buyten the European champions have four international centre-halfs, with Javi Martinez able to drop back from midfield if necessary. Bayern do not need Luiz, as their defensive record from 2012-13 demonstrates.

Finally, Mourinho has gone on record in the last fortnight as saying that both Luiz and Juan Mata, who were potentially thought to be ready to be used in part-exchange in a deal for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, were not for sale.

With John Terry ageing, Chelsea need to buy a central defender, not sell one. With Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill the only other recognised centre-halves, and the Serb often being deployed at full-back, if Chelsea were to sign a new player in this position it would not be a surprise. Should they sell one, they would lack the strength in depth at the heart of their backline to contest for honours.

Luiz will start the new season at Stamford Bridge. A more relevant question regarding his future is where Mourinho will use him. In the absence of a quality enforcer in the centre of the park and following outings there at the end of last term, Luiz may well play in midfield for Chelsea next season rather than at the back.

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