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Why Jose Mourinho wants to keep David Luiz

Luiz is an important player for Chelsea (©GettyImages)
Luiz is an important player for Chelsea (©GettyImages).

David Luiz has been linked with a move to Barcelona and PSG this summer, but Jose Mourinho has been quick to confirm he will stay a Chelsea player for the upcoming season.

There were some suggestions that Mourinho is not a fan of Luiz, and feels his erratic defensive style would act as a hinderance to the team.

This, however, appears not to be the case.

Luiz has impressed us all with his sound technical ability and confidence to play the ball intelligently out of defence. He also scored a handful of wonder-goals last season, most notably an incredible dipping free-kick in Chelsea's 8-0 demolition of Aston Villa.

However, he has also made countless defensive errors, quite a few of which leading to goals for the opposing side - raising question marks as to whether the centre-back position is what suits him best.

Rafael Benitez saw it best to play him in a holding-midfield role, although I do not see this as his best position. As shown with Brazil during this summers' Confederations cup, when he wants to be Luiz can be a very solid defender, on par with his defensive partner Thiago Silva.

He has drawn worthy comparisons to Portugal international Ricardo Carvalho, who Mourinho signed for Chelsea back in 2004. Carvalho started off, like Luiz, as a ball-playing centre-back who took perhaps too many risks and was often branded erratic.

However, Mourinho proved back then that it is never too late to tame a footballer - and that's exactly why he wishes to keep Luiz.

 

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