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When Chelsea signed David Luiz from PSG for over £30m on transfer deadline day, many people mocked the club for wasting funds on a player that was ridiculed by many pundits in his first season at the club.

Luiz proved his doubters wrong by being one of the best defenders in the Premier League last season and helped solidify the defence as Chelsea went on to win the league.

He has heaped praises on Chelsea boss Antonio Conte for helping him become a better player.

“He definitely improved me, not just me, everybody,” he said. “That’s what the coach is for. To try to improve the players and improve the team. This is their job.

“We train every day and we talk a lot. He gives the plan, we try to follow. This is the way. I cannot say all the details because it’s a secret.

“The (last) season was important for me personally because it was a pleasure. When you get pleasure doing something it is different to just getting titles and proof of success. I play football because it gives me pleasure.

“I had a dream to win the Premier League. I was here for four seasons [in his first spell] and didn’t get the opportunity to win. So it was great for me because I had the opportunity to win.”

The 30-year-old Brazilian didn’t rule out the possibility of being a manager after his playing career is over.

He said: “Why not? If it gives you pleasure to be a manager, why not? This is the best way to live.”

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