David Luiz is part of Chelsea’s long-term future, says Roberto Di Matteo

Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo insists David Luiz is part of the Blues' long-term plans and cannot see him leaving the club

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
david luiz
David Luiz has been linked with a £30m move to Barcelona Photo: The Sport Review

david luiz

Roberto Di Matteo insists David Luiz remains part of Chelsea’s long-term plans and is not for sale at any price, amid reported interest from Barcelona.

The 25-year-old centre-half sparked controversy in midweek when he posted a picture of himself on a luxury plane and Tweeted: “Going to #barcelona See you soon…”

The post, which was in reference to a trip organised by one of his sponsors, served to further fuel speculation linking the Brazilian with a move to Barcelona, with the Catalan giants said to be readying a £30m bid for the defender.

But Chelsea boss Di Matteo insists Luiz remains part of his plans and the Italian claims he cannot see “why any players would want to leave us for anywhere else”.

“Luiz is part of our future. It’s normal that he’ll get interest because he’s a Brazilian international centre back,” Di Matteo said.

“There have been no approaches for Luiz and he’s not for sale at any price. It doesn’t concern me, the player will be here for the long term.

“I believe we can withstand Barcelona. Personally we don’t feel any pressure from them. This club has been very successful in the past. I don’t see why any players would want to leave us for anywhere else.

“We always compete for trophies. We’re an ambitious club with an ambitious owner. We have great facilities. We have a great group of players who over the years have won a lot and still have the hunger to win more.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
ATP World Tour Awards: Federer and Nadal continue 2017 rivalry into end-of-year player awards
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Gary Neville sends blunt message to Jurgen Klopp about Liverpool FC defence
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger hails ‘exceptional’ Arsenal star: He’s agile, quick and intelligent
The Sport Review
Owen Hargreaves sends warning to Man United about Victor Lindelof