Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes defender David Luiz can become one of the best in the world in his position following his return to the Premier League club.
The Brazil international was offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain two years ago for £50million but has ended up back at Stamford Bridge as the Blues needed defensive reinforcements over the summer.
Luiz has been a colourful character throughout his career, with the South American able to offer up the sublime but also the ridiculous.
As an astute reader of the game that is more than comfortable in possession, the former Benfica enforcer’s ability to get forward catches the eye.
However, Luiz’s defensive concentration has been questioned over the years also, with the 29-year-old also prone to errors that can cost his team.
Conte has stated that he worked with Juventus’ defenders to make them some of the best in their position on the planet and can see Luiz having a similar impact.
“At 29, he is at a fantastic age to become one of the best defenders in the world,” The Guardian quote the Italian as saying.
“You can always improve and I’m seeing great commitment from him. He wants to play for Chelsea. This is a great opportunity for him also to improve. I repeat: he has good characteristics to become a fantastic defender.
“It’s important to remember when I started at Juventus, with Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli, the defence had been conceding a lot of goals. I remember that, before my arrival, many people told me: ‘They are no good, these defenders. No good.’
“But then I started to work with them, I found a great commitment and attitude. Through the work, now we are talking about three of the best defenders in the world in Chiellini, Bonucci and Barzagli. But remember, when we started in that first year at Juventus, it wasn’t like that.”