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Eamon Dunphy would have a hernia if he heard Antonio Conte's lastest statement about David Luiz

Jamie Holland

Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30

Chelsea's new signing David Luiz Picture: AFP/Getty
Chelsea's new signing David Luiz Picture: AFP/Getty

Antonio Conte has vowed to "put his sweat into" improving David Luiz and making Chelsea's new signing the best defender in the world.

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Luiz, who surprisingly returned to Stamford Bridge last week for £32m, has divided opinion since Chelsea first signed him from Benfica almost six years ago, and Jose Mourinho sold him to Paris Saint Germain in 2014.

And, while Conte admitted he was "surprised" at Luiz's return, he was full of optimism yesterday about the centre-back's room for improvement.

He pointed to the example of Leonardo Bonucci, who grew as a player under Conte at Juventus and said that, at 29, Luiz was at "a fantastic age to become one of the best defenders in the world".

"He faces life the right way," said Conte."I have a great responsibility to improve him.

"If someone thinks that this player loses his concentration during the game, my task is to improve him in that aspect.

"I'm not afraid of this. I want to work with him. I want to work with my players to improve them. If this happens during the game, I won't be happy.

"He has good technique, good personality like Leonardo Bonucci, and he likes to play football."

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