Luiz part of Mourinho's plans

  • Last Updated: August 8 2013, 9:32 BST

Jose Mourinho considers David Luiz to be an integral part of his Chelsea's plans - suggesting he will not be allowed to leave.

David Luiz: Reported to be the subject of interest from Barcelona
David Luiz: Reported to be the subject of interest from Barcelona

Sky sources revealed on Wednesday that La Liga giants Barcelona have set their sights on the Brazil international, with a formal offer put on the table.

Mourinho has previously gone on the record as saying that there is 'no chance' of a sale being sanctioned, and he is not about to waver in that stance.

The Portuguese tactician has inherited an abundance of riches upon his return to the managerial hot-seat at Stamford Bridge, but he believes Luiz has a big role to play heading forward - at the heart of the Blues' back four.

Mourinho said in The Sun: "I have known of David Luiz from the very beginning so I know him very, very well.

"And before I came back to Chelsea, I watched him week after week.

"I see him as a centre-back because he has an important quality for a footballer - he can build from the back.

"He is very comfortable and confident with using the ball from the back - he does not play direct.

"And he can improve, especially defensively. He can be much more effective, much more solid. But the potential he has is amazing, incredible."

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