Antonio Conte: Chelsea signing is one of the best in the world (not N’Golo Kante)

Antonio Conte has been delighted by David Luiz's impressive performances for Chelsea this season

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Chelsea defender David Luiz Photo: David Luiz / Instagram

Antonio Conte has heaped praise on David Luiz for his brilliant form for Chelsea this season.

The Brazilian defender returned to Stamford Bridge last summer from Paris Saint-Germain after he had been deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea by Jose Mourinho in 2014.

The move came as something of a surprise to Chelsea fans, but Luiz has proved Conte right by establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s top defenders this season.

Luiz’s brilliant performances this season have helped Chelsea move top of the Premier League table and Conte has been delighted to see the defender prove his critics wrong.

“When David arrived in England, I heard a lot of bad things about him,” Conte told a news conference before Chelsea’s trip to Manchester United.

“Why was he coming back to Chelsea because, in the past, he had performed badly and was not a defender?

“This was a great challenge for him, but also for me and when we decided to buy him, to take him back, we were sure we were taking a really good player.

“We have put him back as one of the best defenders in Europe and, I hope, in the world.”

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Chelsea now turn their attentions towards their FA Cup semi-final showdown with Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

The west London side are chasing a domestic double of FA Cup and Premier League in Conte’s first season at the club following his arrival at Stamford Bridge last summer.

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