Pat Nevin: Why I really admire Chelsea star, his talent is rare

The Chelsea legend defends Brazilian defender David Luiz

Chelsea defender David Luiz Photo: David Luiz / Instagram

Pat Nevin has spoken of his admiration for Chelsea defender David Luiz.

The Brazil international has endured something of a tough start to the Premier League season despite playing a key role in their title success last term.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte opted to drop the South American for the visit of Manchester United earlier this month amid talk of a fallout with Luiz.

His replacement Andreas Christensen was impressive as he kept Romelu Lukaku quiet in Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over their title rivals.

Luiz returned to Chelsea in the 2016 summer transfer window following a £32m transfer from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The Brazilian played a key role in their title success alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill to help Chelsea win their second top-flight crown in three seasons.

Former Chelsea winger Nevin described Luiz as a rare breed in Premier League football as the 31-year-old looks to reclaim his starting spot.

“He is precisely the type of footballing defender that I admire and think is all too rare in the British game,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.

“It was therefore rather annoying that out-of-context comments on a website suggested I was saying he was the cause of some recent under-par performances.

“He is one of my favourite players in world football and I would be hugely miffed if anyone including David thought I had anything but high regard for him then, now or indeed going forward at Chelsea.”

Luiz won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012 thanks to his masterful performance in a penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Chelsea signed six players in the summer transfer window to bolster their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

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