Jose Mourinho will keep faith with David Luiz despite persistent rumours of a January move away from Chelsea for the maverick Brazil defender.
The Chelsea manager said the out-of-favour Luiz will partner John Terry in today’s Premier League derby against Crystal Palace, allowing Gary Cahill to rest a quadriceps problem.
“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 said yesterday. “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, a gifted but occasionally rash defender, returned from international duty last month with a bruised knee, but his appearances had been patchy before that under Mourinho. He has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona or Bayern Munich.
Left-back Ashley Cole, also recently dropped by Mourinho before starting Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Steaua Bucharest, will again make way for Cesar Azpilicueta.