David Luiz may not be first-choice for Antonio Conte at Chelsea these days, but that hasn’t stopped the 30-year-old from being an incredible teammate, continuing to play a major role in the development of his own replacement, Andreas Christensen.
When the youngster returned from his two-year loan assignment at Borussia Mönchengladbach, David Luiz was one of those who took him under his wing from the first day of summer training. And, as Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has revealed, that has continued through the first few months of the season, even as, like Darth Vader, the learner has become the master. Only a master of evil, Andreas!
“Andreas is a younger version of him if you like. I feel like David can offer Andreas a lot of help in his progression. He has been there and done it at the top, top level, he has won many trophies.
“David is a very experienced defender and Andreas' attributes are very similar. I feel that he [Luiz] can advise him tremendously and he has done up until now.”
-Gary Cahill; source: PA Sport via ESPN
Whether there is any friction between David Luiz and Conte is up for debate, but by all indications, the remains one of the leaders of the team, on and especially off the pitch. And that’s very nice to hear indeed.