FC Barcelona target David Luiz plays down talk of Chelsea FC exit

David Luiz (credit: TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
David Luiz, who is believed to be a target for Barcelona, has played down reports that he could leave Chelsea this summer.

Barcelona have been linked with Luiz for some time and recently confirmed that they are looking to bring in a centre-back before the start of next season.

The Brazil international usually operates in central defence, but last season was deployed in midfield at times by Rafael Benitez, who earlier this week left Stamford Bridge to take charge of Napoli.

It had been reported that Jose Mourinho - who is widely expected to be installed as Chelsea's next manager - could look to cash in on Luiz, but the former Benfica defender insists he is in the dark over the latest speculation.

"My objective is to be happy and this is possible playing always in a team that controls the ball," Luiz was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

"Barcelona is the team that has developed the best football in the last few years.

"I know Barca were interested in my services in the past but now I do not have any news."

Speaking in mid-May, Luiz had admittted he would love to see Mourinho in charge of Chelsea next season.

"Everybody knows the great ability that Mourinho has, having seen the great job he has done at other clubs," he was quoted as saying by Goal.com.

"So if Mourinho comes I would be happy because he is a fantastic coach and it's because he is [seen as] the best option for the club."

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