David Luiz has rejected speculation he could be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, insisting that he wants to remain at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future.

 

Luiz has been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent weeks, with the Catalan giants said to be keen on the former Benfica defender.

 

However Luiz, who cost Chelsea £20 million in 2011, insists that he has no desire to leave west London any time soon.

 

"I’m very happy in London, I like London and Chelsea. I like England and playing in the Premier League,” he told the Daily Mirror.

 

"I play for a big club and when you play for a big club the pressure is so hard. But when you win you are the best and a hero, that is normal."

 

Luiz, a close ally of former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas, reportedly wanted to leave the club when the former Porto boss was sacked in March.

 

The 24-year-old has had mixed fortunes since joining Chelsea in January last year, with former Manchester United-turned-pundit Gary Neville describing his style of play as ‘like a ten-year-old on a playstation'.

 

However the Brazilian International has impressed of late, particularly in the Champions League in the ties against Napoli and former club Benfica, while his partnership in defence with both Gary Cahill and John Terry has shown signs of improvement recently.

 

Luiz recently hit back at Neville’s jibe by posting a sarcasting message on Twitter, before insisting earlier this week than the former England international should show him some respect.

 

“I know Gary Neville in the past was a very good player but he sometimes needs respect,” he said.

 

"Gary Neville say bad, other people say good. I just need to show with my work on the pitch. I respond like this.

 

“When Gary Neville say this, (he) don't respect me. Now that the stats show I am up there among the best.”

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