The 26-year-old Brazilian has been the subject of countless transfer rumors dating back to last summer. But Mourinho recently downplayed the speculation, stating that, at the moment, his club have no intention of buying or selling, according to SkySports.com:
Everything is clear. He's our player and we are happy he's back in a moment when we need him and John in defence.
The market is open in January but I don't think we will be buying or selling. There has been no contact from other clubs or from his people.
Mourinho's decision to address the rumors is wise considering Chelsea are in the midst of a critical stretch and can ill-afford unnecessary distraction. Not to mention, cementing Luiz's status with the club could be a crucial move for the player's confidence.
Although he's battled a knee injury this season, when healthy Luiz is a key cog in Chelsea's system, providing Mourinho's squad with a versatile threat from the back. His experience also makes him a invaluable piece.
As far as potentially keeping Luiz on board long term, Chelsea have a real shot to win the Premier League for the first time since 2009-10. The Blues are only five points off league leaders Arsenal heading into Matchday 16 and parting ways with Luiz would hurt Chelsea in terms of minimizing both talent and depth.
Luiz's return to 100 percent fitness will also make a major difference. While Chelsea have been one of the league's most productive offensive clubs, ranking third in goals scored, defensively they've left a lot to be desired. Among the top eight clubs in the table, only Liverpool and Newcastle United have conceded more goals through 15 matches.
The Brazilian standout won't be a cure-all in front of goal, but his size and skill will make him an impact presence and a threat to jump-start the Blues' attack.
Luiz has appeared in five Premier League matches and four UEFA Champions League matches thus far in 2013-14, returning to action in Dec. 11's 1-0 win over Steaua Bucuresti. Luiz touched the ball 117 times in that match, more than any other player on the pitch, according to WhoScored.com. And he would complete 85 percent of his passes and finish with a match rating of 7.3.
While it remains to be seen whether Luiz will stay put at Stamford Bridge next month, Mourinho is wise to downplay the rumors and minimize the distraction to his squad ahead of some crucial December matches.
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