David Luiz savored the new dawn of Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri

David Luiz savored the new dawn of Chelsea under Maurizio Sarri

Of all the people who could welcome Antonio Conte from Chelsea this summer, David Luiz was probably at the top of the list. Even more now, after the replacement of Conte, Maurizio Sarri, he promised that the Brazilian has a "great future" at Stamford Bridge.

The 31-year-old midfielder started Chelsea's 3-0 win against Huddersfield on Saturday, in his third league appearance since October. Apparently that absence was due to knee and thigh injuries, but it was also clear that he and Conte were, say, not the best friends after a disagreement over last season's tactics.

David Luiz seems reinvigorated under Sarri and he has lavishly praised the approach of the new coach last week, stressing that he was "in love" with a style that "everyone loves to watch". If one was so careful, this could be interpreted as a blow to Conte: whatever his intention, it seems that the admiration of David Luiz is reciprocal.

"I really like his attitude when I work with him," said Sarri. "He's also a great player and a great defender David is very good at creating actions from our defense with the way he plays, David has a great future here, it will be very useful for us, but not only on the pitch, it's also important in the dressing room. "