Barcelona talk flatters Luiz

Chelsea defender David Luiz admits he is flattered by speculation linking him with a summer move to Barcelona.

Last Updated: 24/02/13 at 13:13 Post Comment

David Luiz: Flattered by speculation linking him with Barcelona

David Luiz: Flattered by speculation linking him with Barcelona

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Brazilian, who can also operate in midfield, is thought to have caught the eye of the Primera Liga giants since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Benfica in January 2011.

The 25-year-old says he remains focused on Chelsea amid rumours linking him with a switch to Camp Nou at the end of the season.

But he admits he is proud to be on their radar, telling The Sun: "I'm happy that a club such as Barcelona is interested in me. They're a team of winners and their interest is a source of pride for me.

"I'm a Chelsea player for now. I work hard every day to make people appreciate what I do.

"I try to do my job in the best way possible, wherever I am."

Meanwhile, Luiz's team-mate Eden Hazard is happy to be making the headlines for the right reasons after firing Chelsea into the last 16 of the Europa League with a last-gasp winner over Sparta Prague on Thursday night.

Hazard was less pleased to find himself in the back pages earlier this season when he received a three-match ban for appearing to kick a Swansea ball-boy during the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg.

But the Belgian has put that incident behind him and is enjoying his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

"Yes, it was one of my favourite moments," he told the Sunday Mirror of Thursday's goal.

"We were a little bit unlucky - we'd had a few chances and not put any away - but I tried something and it came off.

"I try to enjoy myself on the field and entertain but at the same time remain serious and try to win the game for my team.

"And if I am being totally honest, I am happy to get the headlines."

He added of the ball-boy incident: "It does go to prove that at a club the size of Chelsea people pay attention to every detail.

"They pay attention to good incidents, they pay attention to less good incidents. That obviously wasn't a good incident, but hopefully it's in the past."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool claimed a 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos.

Premier League: Liverpool have signed Dejan Lovren from Southampton

Liverpool have completed the signing of Croatian centre-back Dejan Lovren from Southampton

Premier League: Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen set to remain at Tottenham

Jan Vertonghen says he wants to remain at Spurs and has confirmed he has been offered a new contract to stay at the club

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property