Ex-Chelsea coach Wilkins tells Conte: Luiz no centre-half

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But if you remember in my first year in Juventus it wasn't so.

"I think that the coach must improve his players".

Luiz opted to leave Paris Saint-Germain after two full seasons in Ligue 1 to be part of Conte's revolution at Chelsea, and he is looking forward to building on their unbeaten start to 2016-17.

Chelsea have no new injuries after the worldwide break, though Luiz and Alonso are unlikely to start against Swansea City and Kurt Zouma remains unavailable.

He added: "It's important to remember when I started in Juventus with Chiellini, Bonucci, Barzagli, the defence of Juventus conceded a lot of goals".

Conte thinks Luiz is now in the prime of his career and the Italian sees no reason why he can not make further improvements to his game in the coming years.

"We have worked very hard and we are buying into what is happening here. I know this from my experience as a player", Conte told reporters on Friday.

He fills a much needed need for a new centre-back, with only captain John Terry and Gary Cahill available to new manager Antonio Conte in the first few weeks of the season. It is a great opportunity for him and us. "He's an important player for this. He has played at Chelsea before and will bring good personality to the team". I like a defender who likes to play football. But the Italian was enthusiastic and positive about his ability to help Luiz improve, even now, with Luiz at an age when most players are set in their ways. "He is a guy who gives everything for your team and now I am on his side, for sure I have a great striker for my team and with the spirit of love for football, with passion, so I am happy for that". "He can become one of best defenders in the world".

This means that Conte is prepared to expend plenty of time and energy working with Luiz, knowing that words alone are not enough to get players to do what he wants. I'm very happy that he's here.

Eden Hazard has aimed a swipe at Jose Mourinho by insisting Antonio Conte's man-management has improved the Chelsea dressing room after an "ugly" season.

Talking about Champions League, the new Chelsea manager's intent was clear, and he wants all the players to see themselves playing there next season. I think we have improved since he's come here.