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Many pundits including former Manchester United defender Gary Neville criticized the ability of David Luiz to defend during his first spell at Chelsea and when Chelsea boss Antonio Conte opted to re-sign the defender, many questioned his decision to bring back Luiz to Stamford Bridge.

Luiz has impressed since returning to Chelsea and Antonio Conte believes he was certain he was signing a good defender when he brought back Luiz to Stamford Bridge.

“I read a lot of bad things about him, asking why is he coming back to Chelsea because in the past he performed bad, that he is not a defender, that we had spent a lot of money on him,” Conte said.

“I think this was a great challenge for him but also for me, because when you have a player with great ability you can work to try to improve some situations and it is great, you can see for sure that David is a really strong defender.

“I like to repeat to him that it is very important to have the right concentration. His role is a crucial role for us and he has performed very well, but I want him to perform well for the rest of the season.

‘When we decided to buy him we were sure we were taking a really good player to work with and put as one of the best defenders in Europe,’ Conte added.

“This position is perfect for him. He is strong physically and has good technique and can start our possession. He has the personality to do this, and also he has on his flanks two really good defenders.”

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