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David Luiz's comeback at Chelsea has proved everyone wrong, says Conte logo 26-05-2017
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Antonio Conte has come out and said that Chelsea's decision to re-sign David Luiz was proved successful as he reflects on the criticism the club received after announcing his return on deadline day.

Luiz returned to Chelsea in a £32 million deal from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and the Brazil international recently revealed that he regarded the move as a risk, as he took a pay-cut to return.

Conte bought his journalists lunch over his lateness

Chelsea were criticised for making a "panic buy" as they signed Luiz in the final hours of the summer transfer window, while the 30-year-old was doubted over his playing style. Conte thinks that his critics have gone quiet and that Luiz has been important to his side's success.

“I think David arrived here in Chelsea with a lot of criticism," Conte said at a news briefing at Cobham Training Ground.

"Not only for him, but also for me and the club. But I think David showed himself to be a great player.

"I think he's one of many players who has been a key player for us. When we changed and started to play with him in the middle of the three centre-backs, this choice was very good. I think this suited him perfectly.

"He had a great season. Now, I hope [for more], we have another game to go. I spoke with him and we have to finish this great season and make it a fantastic season."

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