Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Must Keep Fighting to Retain David Luiz
It is never easy to hold on to players when there is a chance for them to go to bigger clubs. However, manager Jose Mourinho is right to continue fighting to keep David Luiz from leaving Chelsea.
This will not be easy, as he is being pursued by Spanish giants Barcelona. According to John Drayton of the Daily Mail, the La Liga club expects Luiz to tell his boss that he wants to make the move. However, Mourinho remains confident that he is not going anywhere:
The bid? It's lost time for them.
My advice to them is to go to the second player on their list because they are wasting their time. We don't want to lose our best players. No chance.
This is a bold statement from the manager, but it is the right thing to say at this time.
There are a number of EPL clubs working hard to hold on to key players that are wanted elsewhere. Manchester United want to keep Wayne Rooney, Liverpool hope to keep Luis Suarez and Tottenham are working to prevent Gareth Bale from going elsewhere.
In each situation, the managers are trying to find the right thing to say to convince their players not to go anywhere.
With this statement, Mourinho showed that Luiz is wanted on his current club and made sure Barcelona knows that it will be difficult to get him.
It is certainly smart to want to hold on to the defender. Although he made mistakes last season, the 26-year-old defender has shown plenty of signs of becoming one of the best players at his position. He is a solid tackler and is very useful on the attack as well.
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Luiz showcased his ability this summer when he helped Brazil win the Confederations Cup in an upset over Spain. If he continues to improve and cuts down on the mental errors, he will be a key player for Chelsea going forward.
Obviously, this is what has attracted Barcelona to the player. They hope that he can be a missing piece in the defense of their La Liga title.
However, it is important to remember that Chelsea is not a mid-table club hoping to keep a top player. They are a legitimate Premier League contender that has won both the Champions League and Europa League in the last two years.
This should be enough for the Brazilian to realize that moving to Barcelona is not that much of an upgrade over his current situation.
Mourinho should continue to fight for his player until the end of the transfer window. Otherwise, the club will be missing a huge piece of the puzzle heading into next year.
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