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Chelsea star could think twice if Barcelona bid again

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Chelsea defender David Luiz could think twice about rejecting Barcelona if they pursued his services once again, according to reports.

French publication Le 10 Sport claims that the Brazilian would be welcomed with open arms in Catalonia, whilst in west London he's found first team opportunities hard to come by.

Luiz did feature yesterday (Sunday) in the Blues' 2-1 victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City, and his performance earned praise from manager Jose Mourinho.

"A team defence need stability. With the talent available to David, I hope he will manage to get there," said the Chelsea boss, according to the paper.

"Sometimes he can commit avoidable mistakes and must grow at this level to secure the defence. The team needs him, he has everything to be a top player, one of the best defenders."

Luiz claimed after the closing of the summer transfer window that he rejected a 'formal offer' to join Barca at the Nou Camp.

The Daily Express reported at the time that Chelsea were offered £35million for the centre back's services, but that Mourinho did not want to sell the player to the La Liga champions.

The manager has options at the heart of his defence, with John Terry and Gary Cahill regularly favoured ahead of the 26-year-old at Stamford Bridge - especially in the English top flight.

However, Luiz has featured regularly for Chelsea in Europe, and remains a key part of the club's first team.

Were he to join Barcelona this season, he would not be able to play for Gerardo Martino's side in the Champions League.

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