DAVID Luiz needs to make his own mind up on whether his future lies in London or Barcelona, according to former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry.
The Spanish champions have been tracking Luiz all summer and firmed up their interest by lodging an opening £35million bid for the Brazilian international on Wednesday.
Chelsea immediately rejected the offer and manager Jose Mourinho remains adamant the central defender will not be leaving Stamford Bridge with the new season fewer than two weeks away.
Luiz is not agitating for a move away from the Blues and would not jump ship to another Premier League club, but Barca believe the centre-half would move to Spain if given the chance.
Duberry, who made 115 appearances for Chelsea after coming through the ranks at the Bridge, reckons Luiz has a big decision to make if the Catalan giants continue their pursuit.
“I think it’s down to Luiz on whether or not he should stay at Chelsea,” he told the Chronicle. “As far as Chelsea are concerned, I personally think he can still do a job for them.”
Duberry made his name playing as a central-back, the same role Luiz predominantly fills, but is not convinced the Samba star has found the right position yet.
“For me, personally, he is yet to find his position, whether that be in defence or in midfield,” he added.
“He’s a good luxury player to have in the midfield, but I think Jose Mourinho needs to bring some discipline into his game.
“The Premier League is a bit harder than abroad in regards to positioning. Once he finds his position he will be fine.”
Mourinho has admitted this week that he has a job on to improve Luiz defensively, but is determined to stick by a player the club see as a possible successor to captain John Terry.
He said: “David has come back with us fantastically and we have to use his quality. He has big self-confidence and self-esteem, especially when he comes up from the back with the ball.
“Can he improve defensively? Of course. But it is my job to try always to improve players.”