One of Antonio Conte’s biggest downfalls last season was the breakdown in relationships with some of Chelsea’s star players. It saw Diego Costa forced out the exit door back to Atletico and meant David Luiz was afforded just two Premier League appearances after October. However, Maurizio Sarri has emphasised that the latter will be ‘very important’ over the coming 12 months.

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Conte had said that Luiz would have to ‘work really hard’ to find himself back in first-team contention or would risk being moved on from Stamford Bridge. Now, with a new boss at the helm, it looks as though the Brazilian’s Blues career is back on track following a huge vote of confidence from Sarri.

“I am very happy with David for his attitude, very happy,” The Italian was speaking ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield clash against Manchester City.

“I think David will be very important for the team and also for me.”

“A new philosophy always takes time. But it also depends on us. If we’re dedicated every day and doing things every single day in training, we’re trying to learn quickly.”
It does now seem as though David Luiz will be reinstated back into the starting XI especially as there are some players who have had considerably less of a pre-season. After missing out on Brazil’s World Cup campaign, the former PSG defender should be as fresh as ever and raring to get started under new leadership at the Bridge.

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