Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, when asked about David Luiz‘s comeback, confirmed: “We bought David Luiz because we needed a centre-back. I know he played sometimes in midfield before but in my mind now there isn’t this idea. He has to work with us as a centre-back”.
“A great defender must be able to play football and defend, but the coach must improve his players. This is the most important thing for me, not only to win, lose or draw – to improve your players, to work on their weaknesses, and make the player stronger”.
David Luiz returned to Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain for a £30m fee on the Deadline Day after the Blues reportedly failed to land Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly with a last and improved bid.
“David has great personality, great technique, and he likes to play – Conte added - like a defender who likes to play football. I know David can improve in defensive situations. Every player until the end of their career can improve. I say that from my experience as a footballer”.
Someone claimed the Brazilian defender is too old to improve during his second experience at Stamford Bridge: “David Luiz is 29, a fantastic age for him to become one of the best defenders in the world - the Italian manager said - I am seeing great commitment from him. He wanted to play for Chelsea and it’s a great opportunity for him and for us to improve”.
“I am very happy he is a here. He is a good guy, a positive guy for the changing room, and I’m pleased with it”.