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You can't put a price on David Luiz!

You can't put a price on David Luiz!

David Luiz is no ordinary footballer.

He has a character and presence rare amongst modern footballers.

With Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole being released, Chelsea are in need of leaders and David Luiz would have provided that leadership. His enthusiasm, joy and passion are second to none amongst the Chelsea playing staff. Obviously you don't play players based on personality alone, but David Luiz is also an unbelievable talent. Barcelona wouldn't come knocking if he was simply an error prone centre back as many imagine him to be.

Some of his performances this season in the holding midfield role have been sublime. His performance against Manchester City, where him and Matic completely shut down the most potent attack in the country is the perfect example of this. I felt the combined talents of those two players, along with Mourinho's managerial skill would be a deadly force. The energy of Luiz is unbelievable and his ability to spread the play shows how multi-dimensional his game is.

Off the pitch, David Luiz is a caring, passionate and emotive human being. You only need to follow him on Instagram or Twitter to see what a lovely character he is off the pitch. John Terry, Petr Cech and Frank Lampard are all Chelsea heroes but none of them have the warm character of Luiz. I am instantly suspicious of any Chelsea fan who doesn't love the colourful personality of Luiz wholeheartedly.

How can you not love a player who instagrams pictures of him and his mum with the #geezers? Luiz clearly cares deeply about those around him, and this has been recognized by none other than the United Nations who have appointed him a good will ambassador.

There are few characters in football like David Luiz and that makes him a priceless asset. He is flamboyant, enthusiastic and passionate both on and off the pitch. There is no doubt that there are more disciplined players and more reliable players. In a world where the gulf between footballers and fans is wider than ever, Luiz is a reminder that footballers are human to. They make mistakes, but unlike many other players with Luiz you can tell there is a genuine desire to make up for it.

One second Luiz may give away a penalty but then he will do everything in his power to rectify it. You will see him in every area of the pitch not because he is ill disciplined but because he cares. He cares so deeply about the game that he is often perceived as a footballer being controlled by a ten year old on a Playstation.

My suspicions and dislike for Chelsea fans who don't appreciate the talents of David Luiz extend to Jose Mourinho. I am sure Mourinho will buy a reliable, astute player to replace David Luiz, but one thing is guaranteed and that is the character and presence of Luiz is irreplaceable. Luiz is an entertainer and that doesn't really fit in with the Special One's mould.

The Special One too used to be a flamboyant entertainer, but recently he appears to be more reminiscent of a boring, dry school teacher. Not tolerating any uniqueness or individuality, encouraging his students to fit a certain conservative mould. With the way things are going it wouldn't surprise me to see every entertaining player at Chelsea shipped out and replaced with more talented but equally as mundane John Obi Mikel's.

Mourinho said you could win a Champions League with eleven Cesar Azpilicueta's, that is hard working players who keep their heads down and do a job. I agree with Mourinho that you need those kinds of players, but every team needs one David Luiz. The likes of Azpilicueta and Matic will give their all on the pitch, but when push comes to shove they can't lift a team like Luiz can. They can't endear themselves to the fans in the same way. Luiz may give away the odd penalty but he gives his whole heart and soul to the cause.

While some Chelsea fans may be happy to see the back of him, there will be others like myself who are devastated to see such a character and talent leave Stamford Bridge.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.
Date:Sunday May 25 2014
Time: 10:44AM


25/05/2014 11:00:00
Errr yes you's £48m! more than enough for a Chelsea substitute albeit a firm fans favourite - business is business
25/05/2014 11:09:00
Sold!! yes :)
25/05/2014 11:12:00
^^^interesting idea,
25/05/2014 11:45:00
There are rumours that We are doing a straight swap for Koke with Lukaku going the other way and PSG will bid £25m for Cech today.
25/05/2014 11:48:00
Another idiot armchair with an idiotic opinion. Luiz was great 5% of the time and a liability the other 95%. There was not one game this season whee I thought we need him on, when he was on the bench. You can't keep a guy just because he's a lovely bloke either, which he clearly is. A great leader, leads by example, so in his case that would to be undisciplined, going on runs up the pitch & then let the rest of the team cover you at the back while you just walk back leisurely. £48? Take the money & run, he's worth half of that. Barcelona came to be interested in Luiz because they need to replace their old curly haired defender with a younger one...He is not a Premiership Player.. End of..
Andi Hope
25/05/2014 12:07:00
Have no idea why I think we are turning to the Rolls Royce version of Arsenal.
25/05/2014 12:30:00
Oh, hell yes you CAN put a price on him! And in case you don't read the news, that very thing HAS been done - necessitating an immediate retraction of this load of bunk.
25/05/2014 12:45:00
I said six months ago,that we should sell Luiz and 99% of you said that I was completely wrong and had a go at me,as not being a true fan.David Luiz has a great personality and has great skills but if your the manager,you can't trust him because he makes mistakes and always will.We can get two real class midfielders for the money and not have someone who was moved to midfield by Rafa and Jose just because he is error prone in defence.
25/05/2014 12:53:00
We are not Arsenal, We sell our Squad players for £50million to a none league rival while Arsenal sell their best players for £25million to a league rival
Howdy Ho
25/05/2014 12:56:00
I completely agree. he bled blue like no one.. and was one of our special talents.. just coz he din have the "defensive" qualities that our so so negative coach jose liked he was sold and it seems an utterly bizarre decision to me .. being a Chelsea fan i hope im proved wrong !!
25/05/2014 12:59:00
What a load of rubbish. The season before last when Luiz played on a regular basis, he was at fault for FIFTEEN errors that led directly to goals (inclusive of the USA tour and his performing seals performance in Monaco). The reason that it was less last season, is because Jose saw what a liability he was and didn`t play him. The guy is not focussed, committed or capable enough for the premier league. He treated ever game like a friendly kick about and that was an insult to many of us who pay thousands of pounds following our club around the world. In Japan in the WCC he was in tears when we lost to Corinthians, because that particular game was important to him, just as playing for Brazil is and as was the Champions league final, but when he plays against WBA which is important to us, he couldn`t give two hoots. Thanks for the laughs David, but the majority of we supporters who do not just watch games from our armchairs, feel that you just couldn`t be bothered half the time. To sell him for 20m would have been good business, 50m is akin to Chelsea winning the lottery.
25/05/2014 13:04:00
^What a load of rubbish.. he din give 2 hoots against teams like WBA ? Leave aside from an armchair u dont seem to watch chelsea play at ll it seems
25/05/2014 13:13:00
No need to call the author an idiot.. He expressed his opinion and nothing wrong with that...
25/05/2014 13:16:00
@THEBREEZE - I didn't disagree. I even started a forum topic on it. And today, my wish came true. To hell with those who think I'm not a "true fan", just because I dare to express my own opinion. Group-think just isn't for everyone :)
25/05/2014 13:20:00
Roman please fire Mourinho. He is destroying Chelsea.
25/05/2014 13:28:00
In as much as I agree that Luiz makes mistake sometimes, I tottaly disagree with comments like "Luiz was great 5% of the time and a liability the other 95%. There was not one game this season whee I thought we need him on", "when he plays against WBA which is important to us, he couldn`t give two hoots.."..... Come on!... Anyway, he's gone now.... I hope we get another strong character, someone like Vidal....
25/05/2014 13:36:00
David Luiz is a big match player. But the problem with him is he can be absolutely woeful in the run of the mill matches. We might miss him if get to the Champions League Final (Although his performance at PSG away was certainly average to put it mildly) but we have more chance of winning the Premier League without David Luiz as a regular in our first 11. Luiz spent a large chunk of the season on the bench and Chelsea had their best Premier League campaign since he signed for us. At the start of the year Chelsea were on a great run, then Terry got injured, David Luiz came in and suddenly the defense looked very shaky away at WBA. We were lucky to hold on for a draw in the end. Yet he was great playing at Man City. Sometimes when he was playing I really thought he was taking the p!ss with some of his shooting etc. Chelsea have tried the tricks & flicks approach and in Premier League terms it got us nowhere near the title. We need a more disciplined approach. Next season is massive for Mourinho. He has to win something and to be really safe it has to be either the Premier League or Champions League. If he is selling Luiz it is because he believes he can put that money to better use.
25/05/2014 13:47:00
David Luiz and Juan Mata were the outstanding players in the last 2 trophy winning seasons for Chelsea. One was a back to back player of the season and the other was top 2-3 best player on the field in our big games in the last 3 seasons. Liverpool at home, city away and arsenal are just memories from last season. Only a handful players in the world could match Luiz at his best. Also, only in our non trophy winning season in the last 3 did they become squad players. I am sure if one considers top 5 Chelsea plays of the last 3 seasons, our big money sales will come up. PSG is also coming for hazard and more than likely we will sell for £80mm - £100mm while Lukaku will be sold for £20mm - £30mm. I really need to see how Chelsea will spend the proceeds if all these sales occur.
25/05/2014 13:47:00
The managers didn't trust him to play at CB, and that is the main drawback for the #geezer. He has done well in CM, but that's a makeshift position for him. He wants to play regularly and ass a CB. So in the end though, sad to see the back of him, it was an ideal transfer for both parties.
25/05/2014 13:50:00
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