Should Chelsea fight to keep hold of David Luiz?

Brazilian centre-back David Luiz joined Chelsea in 2011 from Portuguese side Benfica. As he approaches the end of his fourth season with the West London team, speculation persists about his future.

In the summer of 2013, Chelsea rejected an approach for Luiz from Spanish giants Barcelona. However, now with their transfer embargo lifted and current club captain Carlos Puyol leaving in the summer; David Luiz might just be the replacement they’re looking for.

But should Chelsea battle to keep him? In the Premiership this season he has only started 15 games and only two since the beginning of February. He has been widely deemed as a reserve to pairing John Terry and Gary Cahill who have been a revelation for the Blue’s in the last few weeks. Frankly, this season we have not seen the electric and attacking David Luiz that we have seen and admired for many years. He is yet to score this season and has only created 3 chances.

Since his arrival at Chelsea, he has been praised for his versatility as he can also play in a holding midfield position, and even in the centre of midfield. When playing in these alternate positions, he likes shooting from long range and creating chances. This is shown by some of the wonder goals he has scored, for club and country over his career. But this is the player that we have seen so little of this season. A lack of confidence could be the reason for this, and when he is only playing every so often as a backup for the first team choices; confidence is bound to be low.

With the world cup approaching, he will no doubt be looking to impress Barcelona and indeed any other teams that are interested in him. He has 34 caps for the Brazilian national team and is a key player for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side. This will be David Luiz’s first world cup he has played in and will be surely relishing the opportunity to represent his country at their own world cup.

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The main reason that shadows are being cast over the 27 year olds future is the lack of first team football he is getting, and is going to get. With youngster Kurt Zouma returning to the club, a possible right-back being signed, and other cover defenders such as Ivanovic, Kalas, and even Nathan Ake; the chances are slimming for his first team hopes. As things stand, Gary Cahill looks to be the strong first team favourite.  So, if David Luiz is looking for constant first team opportunities; Chelsea maybe the wrong place for him.

If and when David Luiz is going to leave Chelsea, Barcelona is the most likely destination for him. However, a move to another European country could still be possible. Even a move to another Premier League club could be on, Manchester United are set to lose Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, so I would not be surprised to see United’s new manager swoop in for him.

The main factor for Chelsea now is the price tag for him. If they received an acceptable offer, I think a move away from Stamford Bridge could very well be on.

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