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Chelsea defender David Luiz fell out with Antonio Conte after a 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League at the end of October last year. The Brazilian later suffered a knee injury and dropped out of Conte’s plans.

Luiz only made two appearances in the Premier League in the remainder of the season as a result of his feud with Conte as the injury also kept him out, and he has revealed that he would have left the club had Conte remained as Chelsea boss.

Conte was relieved of his duties before pre-season and Maurizio Sarri was employed as the new manager. Luiz now seems to be a key part of Sarri’s plans and has started both games for Chelsea so far this season.

Luiz told Sky Sports: “If the manager had stayed the same, of course, everybody knows maybe I had to move clubs. Now I am here and so happy.”

He continued: “I think I always have to feel fresh start because I am getting old!

“It is amazing to play football, of course last season was not the best for me inside the pitch, but also I learned a lot outside the pitch as a person, as a man. It is always great to be on the pitch.

“I learned a lot, sometimes you have to be patient, sometimes you have to take care of your body, sometimes you have to learn from outside to be good in the future. So for me it was great.

“I got time to take care of my body; many times I was on the pitch in pain, and I never refused to play one game. It was good to rest and be fresh.”

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