Revealed: Where exactly David Luiz will be posted in Antonio Conte’s starting XI

Sankha Ghosh / 08 September 2016

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has made it clear he has no intention to play David Luiz in midfield.

The Brazilian completed a shock £34 million return to Stamford Bridge on deadline day, two years after leaving for Paris Saint-Germain in a £50m deal.

During his first stint at Chelsea, Luiz was occasionally played in a defensive midfield role, but Conte is adamant that the 29-year-old will be playing in central defence under him.

“I think David Luiz is a centre-back, he’s played a lot of games in that position,” the Italian told Chelsea TV.

“I know sometimes he’s played as a central midfielder but in my mind the idea is to utilise him in the right position which, for me, is centre-back. He’s played with Chelsea previously and he will bring a good personality.”

David Luiz was certainly the star of transfer deadline day, rejoining Chelsea from PSG in a 30million surprise move.

The Brazilian centre-back played for the Blues for three years between 2011 and 2014, helping them to a historic Champions League win and becoming somewhat of a cult hero due to his humorous personality and erratic playing style.

Despite being a defender, Luiz scored some cracking goals, often stepping up into midfield and unleashing long-range shots, as well as taking a liking for free-kicks.

All in all he is not a typical defender by any measure, with his notable moments generally coming from the outrageous to the bizarre, rather than a game-saving tackle or intelligent piece of defending.

It’s no wonder then that Luiz divides opinion like few others. To some, he is a maverick to be enjoyed, but to others he is a liability you wouldn’t want in the centre of defence.

Either way he has returned to Chelsea and Antonio Conte will now have the chance to try and mould his newest signing.