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David Luiz snubbed Barcelona to stay at Chelsea

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed he rejected the chance to sign for Barcelona during the summer transfer window.

Barcelona had been linked with a move for Luiz and were reported to have offered as much as £34.5m for him.

The bid was rejected and Jose Mourinho followed it up by telling reporters that the Brazilian defender was not for sale at any price. 

This prompted reports that Luiz had told Chelsea that he wished to leave the club in order to join Barcelona.

However, Luiz has poured cold water on those claims, insisting he never thought about leaving Chelsea and even rejected the chance to leave for the Nou Camp.

"There was an official offer [from Barcelona], but I decided to stay at Chelsea," Luiz told Gazeta Esportiva.

"I am happy to play for a big club and be in the national team to represent my country."

The 26-year-old then went on to say that he was delighted with Chelsea's Champions League draw.

The Stamford Bridge outfit were drawn in Group E  alongside Basel, Schalke and Steaua Bucharest, making them clear favourites to qualify.

Luiz added: "It's always a tough competition with great opponents," added Luiz. "But it's always good when we can avoid teams with history of wins in the competition."

Chelsea get their Champions League campaign started against Basel at home on the 18th September.

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