Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hails ‘incredible and amazing’ David Luiz

Jose Mourinho says David Luiz has "incredible potential" to develop into one of the world's best defenders at Chelsea

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David Luiz joined Chelsea from Benfica in 2011 Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho believes that David Luiz has “incredible potential” to develop into one of the world’s best defenders at Chelsea.

The Brazil international was deployed in a holding midfield role by interim boss Rafael Benítez at times last season.

But Mourinho believes that the 26-year-old’s best position is in the centre of defence – and is backing Luiz to sparkle under his stewardship next term.

“For me, Luiz is a central defender,” said Mourinho. “I think he has an important quality for the football we want to play, which is to build. He’s comfortable using the ball from the back.

“In this aspect, he’s very important and different from the other central defenders. He can improve, everybody can.

“From a defensive point of view, he can be much more effective, much more solid.

“But, for me, the potential is incredible, amazing. He has to play always.”

Luiz, who has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona this summer, scored two goals and made two assists in 30 Premier League appearances for Chelsea last season.

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