Barcelona 'wasting their time' with David Luiz pursuit, says Mourinho

The Portuguese confirms there is "no chance" the Brazil international will be leaving Stamford Bridge and suggests the Liga champions look elsewhere for defensive reinforcements
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned Barcelona that David Luiz will not be sold and any pursuit of the Brazilian is a waste of time.

Goal understands the Liga champions lodged a €25 million [£21.5m] bid for the 26-year-old on Wednesday in a bid to solve their defensive problems after missing out on Marquinhos and thwarted in their attempts to sign Thiago Silva.

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But Mourinho has insisted all summer that Luiz will not be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea boss has reaffirmed that position.

"If [Barcelona] need a central defender my advice is that they have to go to the second name they have in the list because they are wasting their time," Mourinho told the club's official website. "No chance."

Luiz and Juan Mata, who has also been linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer, both sat out the 3-1 pre-season defeat to Real Madrid in Miami on Wednesday through injury, and Mourinho feels their absence was missed.

"They are important players," he added. "The team with David Luiz and Mata is a better team. But we don't risk players in pre-season.

"Mata had a little thing, no risk, David has something from the past, an injury he had before the Champions League final, so we stop, we are not here to risk. But the team with them is a better team."