Jose Mourinho calms David Luiz exit talk

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho plays down fresh rumours regarding Brazilian defender David Luiz's potential January exit to La Liga giants Barcelona.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that Brazilian defender David Luiz is likely to stay at the club in January, amid reported interest from Barcelona.

The Spanish giants were strongly linked with Luiz in the summer and are believed to be planning to revive their attempts to sign him when the transfer window reopens.

However, Mourinho has played down the speculation, insisting that the former Benfica star, who has made only five Premier League appearances for the Blues this season, is needed for first-team duties. He also suggested that there is unlikely to be much activity, in or out, at Stamford Bridge in the New Year.

"Everything is clear. He's our player and we are happy he's back in a moment when we need him and John in defence," Mourinho told reporters.

"The market is open in January but I don't think we will be buying or selling. There has been no contact from other clubs or from his people."

Luiz, who made his comeback from a six-week layoff with a knee injury in midweek, is expected to start against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with Gary Cahill suffering from a quadriceps problem.

Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge in London on September 21, 2013
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