Portuguese tactician not interested in selling Brazilian.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned Barcelona that they are wasting their time in chasing Brazilian defender David Luiz.
The 26-year-old was subject to a £35m bid from the Spanish giants earlier this week, but the offer was immediately rejected by the Blues.
New Barca boss Tata Martino has made the Brazilian international a priority ahead of the season, after being left impressed by his performances last season in the Premier League, and then in the Confederations Cup back in June.
However, it would appear that Chelsea have no desire to sell the defensive star, with Mourinho warning Barca that they are simply wasting their time if they think that their pursuit will result in signing Luiz.
“You’re wasting your time. My advice to them is to chase the second player from their list, because they are wasting time,” the Portuguese tactician is quoted as saying by AS.
The Blues boss went on to insist that the club are not interested in losing their best players, with the only possible out-going likely to be Brazilian youngster Wallace, who is close to securing a loan move to Inter.
Aside from that, Mourinho is content with the squad at his disposal, although he did comment on speculation suggesting that they are still interested in signing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
“We made an offer and Manchester has responded. We’re doing things in an ethical and legal way, with a direct offer to the club. He is a player that we would like to have with us,” he concluded.
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona return with an improved offer for Luiz, but the message is clear from Mourinho, the Brazilian is not for sale.