Brazil international David Luiz is confident of a place in the fresh-looking Chelsea after the team’s coaching job was taken over by Maurizio Sarri. The player went completely off the radar last season, appearing in only one match because of a run-in with former manager Antonio Conte.

Speculation was abound that Luiz, who is also nursing a thigh injury, was going to be shown the exit door soon. Punters who actively bet on the transfer market were confident that his time with the blues was over. Talking about football betting, if you’re someone who’s been wanting to bet on football but didn’t know where to start, here are some free bets to help you get initiated and test the waters first. However, if you’re planning to bet on Luiz’s departure, you should be aware that the defender, which was re-signed by Chelsea in 2016, is hoping to make a solid comeback into the team.

Luiz mixing well and has made his intentions clear

As Chelsea are still negotiating to somehow sign Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani, for a fee of around £45 million, Luiz’s place is still not secure in the team. However, the talented 31-year-old, who has been a part of both the preseason games under the new coach, is contributing positively to the team and has insisted that he wants to stay with the Blues after Chelsea grabbed a penalty shootout victory over Inter Milan recently.

Luiz, whose first spell started at Stamford Bridge in 2011, and went on until 2014, spoke to the press and said in an interview: “I came back to Chelsea to stay here. When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and do something again with Chelsea. I am very happy here. I had a lot of time to take care of me last year, so now I’m 100 per cent. I love this philosophy. We play high, with a lot of possession of the ball, in a technical way.”

He further stated: “The coach is trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy. He does not want me to change as a player. It is the same style – play from the back, build from the back, try to help the guys, try to be in line. People know me – I like to be happy, to enjoy my life. We have the best job in the world. The coach comes as a human being. If you’re not happy doing your job it doesn’t matter if you’re a footballer or not. We have to be happy to do our best.”

Luiz not losing sleep over Rugani

Heaping more praises on Sarri’s coaching style, Luiz said that the coach is playing a different system and it’s entirely his decision to do so. He has the choice of many players who can efficiently form a combination of three, four or five in the back. It’s entirely up to him to decide. He insisted that it’s now up to the players to be at par with Sarri’s high-energy and quick passing style of football. Luiz further clarified that he isn’t losing sleep over the possible joining of Mattia Caldara or Rugani.