Premier League: Chelsea defender David Luiz aiming to reclaim first-team spot under new manager Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea's out-of-favour Brazilian centre back David Luiz has stated that he will fight for his place in the London club's backline after starting both of their pre-season friendlies so far.

Reuters July 30, 2018 12:37:57 IST
Premier League: Chelsea defender David Luiz aiming to reclaim first-team spot under new manager Maurizio Sarri

Chelsea defender David Luiz has dismissed speculation about a potential departure from the Premier League club and said he is aiming to win titles under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Premier League Chelsea defender David Luiz aiming to reclaim firstteam spot under new manager Maurizio Sarri

David Luiz has started both pre-season friendlies so far, but with Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen rejoining training in a while, Luiz could still be relegated to the bench. Reuters

The 31-year-old, who rejoined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, will have a chance to re-establish himself at Stamford Bridge following an injury-ridden season, when he made only 10 league appearances under former boss Antonio Conte.

His poor domestic run led to his omission from Brazil’s World Cup squad for Russia. “I came back to Chelsea to stay,” Luiz told reporters, adding, “when I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here."

Luiz has featured in both of Chelsea’s pre-season matches under Sarri, who has started his reign with victories over Inter Milan and Perth Glory. “I love Sarri’s philosophy,” Luiz said, elaborating that Chelsea “play high, with a lot of possession in a technical way. He’s trying to help us every single day to learn quickly his philosophy. 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.”

Chelsea will face league rivals Arsenal and French top-flight team Olympique Lyonnais in their remaining pre-season fixtures before their Community Shield match against Manchester City on 5 August. The London outfit begin their league campaign against Huddersfield Town on 11 August.

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