Roberto Di Matteo has declared Chelsea are too big a club to be bullied by Barcelona into selling David Luiz.
The Spanish giants are reported to be interested in Luiz, allocating up to £30m to sign the Brazil centre-back who returns from a knee injury for today’s Barclays Premier clash with Newcastle.
But unlike Arsenal, who have seen Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song depart for the Nou Camp in the last year, Di Matteo insists his European champions have nothing to fear.
“Luiz is part of our future. It’s normal that he’ll get interest because he’s a Brazilian international centre-back,” the Italian said.
“There have been no approaches for Luiz and he’s not for sale at any price. It doesn’t concern me, the player will be here for the long term. I believe we can withstand Barcelona. Personally we don’t feel any pressure from them. This club has been very successful in the past.”
Chelsea yesterday completed the signings of Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille and Victor Moses from Wigan, taking the club’s summer spending up to the £80m mark.