Frank Leboeuf believes Jose Mourinho made the right decision in keeping David Luiz at Chelsea during the summer.
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The Brazil international defender, 26, was the subject of interest from Barcelona and he confirmed that the Catalan club made an approach for him.
But Leboeuf, a Cup Winners’ Cup and two-time FA Cup winner with Chelsea, believes it would have been a mistake to sell Luiz, describing him as a “special” player and claiming his “crazy” playing style is similar to how he used to play.
“I like David Luiz because he makes me think about myself,” Leboeuf told ESPN. “I liked to go forward and sometimes I could be crazy at the back, although he is a little bit crazier than I was.
“He is a talented player and if he plays like he did last year then he can playing in midfield.
“He is an interesting player. He needs to calm down a little bit and think more about defending than attacking but he is a special player and it would be a mistake for Chelsea to let him go.”
John Terry’s current contract is due to finish at the end of the season but the Chelsea captain has insisted he is focusing on helping the side to success on the pitch rather than worrying about his future off it.
Leboeuf, however, says the Blues would be "stupid" not to give the vastly-experienced defender a new deal.
He said: “You have to consider the identity of the club and one guy who epitomises Chelsea is John Terry and it would be stupid to let him go. Even if he doesn’t play too often in the future I feel sure that he will end his career at Chelsea.
“John is very important; he has the experience, the history and the balance of bringing some good skill on the pitch so it is always a good thing when I see him back in the team.
“I am sure that if Jose still thinks he is good enough and fit enough to play then I can trust him.”