Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists defender David Luiz won’t be sold this summer.
The Brazilian international has been linked with a move to Barcelona, who have reportedly already had one bid turned down already by the Stamford Bridge-based club.
There was some suggestions this week that Luiz had informed Mourinho and Chelsea that he wanted to leave in order to join the Catalan club.
However Mourinho says that isn’t true, and insists he has no intention of letting the 26-year-old move on before the close of the transfer window.
Speaking in an interview with BT Sport the Portuguese boss said: “[There is] no chance he is going to leave. He is a player we want to keep.
“He is a player with four years (on his) contract, he just signed a contract last year. ‘We like him. He is an important player and the club is not ready to sell him for any price."
The former Real Madrid boss added of the claims that Luiz had asked to leave: "I don’t know if he said that. What I can say is that he is not going to.
"The last quotes I read were Luiz saying he is not speaking about clubs when he is with the national team, which is a fantastic quote that I appreciate. That is the last quote I have and it is an intelligent one."
While confident of keeping hold of one of his key players, Mourinho was less forthcoming when discussing a potential new arrival at Chelsea – Samuel Eto’o from Anzhi Makhachkala.
“I’m always happy that somebody that worked with me previously is happy to be back and work with me again,” he said of the Cameroonian, who won the Champions League under Mourinho with Inter Milan in 2010.