Mourinho: Luiz vital to Blues success

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

Sky sources revealed on Wednesday that 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 center-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."