David Luiz has confirmed he snubbed an approach from Spanish champions Barcelona over the summer.
Plenty of people suggested David Luiz wasn’t suited to Jose Mourinho’s modern Chelsea side at the start of the summer, which created a wave of speculation that he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.
It was clear Barcelona were looking for a defender and plenty of people put two and two together, expecting a big money bid from Barca at some point over the course of the transfer window.
The Brazilian defender has now confirmed that Barca did make their interest official but he wasn’t interested, choosing to show admirable loyalty to the Premier League side as they look to wrestle the title back from Manchester.
“There was an official offer but I decided to stay at Chelsea. It was the best option for me and everyone else,” he told reporters.
Any approach from Barcelona is very difficult to say no to because they are one of the greatest clubs and teams in living memory, with a sure fire chance of winning silverware on domestic and European fronts this coming season.
It opens up the question of whether David Luiz will be proved right in turning down that chance to talk to Barcelona, with plenty of evidence to suggest that he is far better off staying at Chelsea.
The one thing he is sure of at the Blues is that Jose Mourinho will refine his game and turn him into a more complete, all round defender.
The danger had he joined Barcelona is that the criticisms of his game (willingness to burst out of defence jeopardising the team’s shape) would remain had he been a Barcelona player.
He has weaknesses and Barca’s ability to dominate possession and attack for the majority of a game would have papered over them whereas there is more of a chance he can work on those mistakes under Mourinho.
It’s also naïve to suggest that he doesn’t have as good a chance of winning domestic and European silverware by staying at Chelsea.
The Blues have one of the best squads in the Premier League, they’ve made a good start to the Premier League season and a manager with a very efficient tactical brain.
Add to the mix the fact that Chelsea won the Champions League in 2012 and followed that up with a Europa League win, only missing out on the Super Cup because of a penalty shoot out.
Therefore, it’s even feasible to suggest that they have an even better chance than Barcelona of winning trophies this season on all fronts, which is justification in itself for him to stay put.
His long term chances of nailing down a central defensive role would have been equally good at Barcelona. Chelsea have John Terry not getting any younger as Barcelona are ultimately going to have to replace Carles Puyol.
David Luiz is a very talented, adored and successful footballer with no reason to leave his current team and every chance he’ll be proved right staying in West London.
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