Barcelona Stars Tried To Persuade Me To Move To Camp Nou, Claims Chelsea’s David Luiz

Blues turned down big-money offer from Catalans for Brazilian centre-back. 

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Chelsea defender David Luiz has revealed that compatriots Dani Alves and Neymar both tried to convince him to join them at FC Barcelona this season while away on international duty earlier this summer, according to reports in the Sun.

The coveted Brazil international has already confirmed that the Spanish champions made an official bid for his services during the close-season transfer window, with the Liga giants known to be desperate to sign a new centre-back since the end of the last campaign.

And it is understood that the Catalans lodged a bid of £34.5m for the 26-year-old at the start of last month that was immediately rejected out of hand by the west London club.

However, the Brazilian has now admitted that fellow countrymen and Barca stars Alves and Neymar both attempted to persuade the central defender to move to Camp Nou this season during the FIFA Confederations Cup that was held in their homeland back in June.

Luiz, though, decided to remain loyal to the Blues, who bought him from Benfica in January 2011 on a five-and-a-half-year contract for a whopping 25m euros, with the ball-playing defender having since gone on to score 12 goals in total in his 110 appearances for the club in all competitions, including six strikes in his 62 Premier League outings.

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