Chelsea have received a bid from Barcelona for David Luiz, with the club insisting he’s not for sale – and they’re right.
When he arrived Luiz at Chelsea in 2011, it was evident Luiz was a wonderful talent, if a little rash and raw. In fact, Gary Neville once said that Luiz played as if he was being controlled by a ten year old on a Playstation, questioning his decision-making and positioning at the heart of Chelsea’s defence.
But Luiz has developed over the last 12 months, and seemed to flourish under interim Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez. He now provides a degree of flexibility that no other Chelsea defender appears to have – as he can play all along the back of defence, plus looks very comfortable in the middle of the park too.
There's no doubt that Luiz is still a little way off becoming the finished article, and can be guilty of the odd lapse in judgement and concentration. But under returning manager Jose Mourinho, Chelsea need to have top quality talent like Luiz at the club, an exciting player to watch, who can use both feet very well, and has an eye for goal too.
At 26, there's plenty more to come from Luiz, and it looks as if he is about to enter his best years. That's why Chelsea’s stance on Barcelona’s offer is absolutely the right one. No way Jose!
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