LUIZ: HAPPY TO HELP
Posted on: Fri 11 Feb 2011
Spurred by the news he will make his full debut on Monday, David Luiz feels he is settling well to life in England.
The 23-year-old defender sampled 20 minutes of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge last weekend, and is looking forward to building on that over the coming weeks and months.
'I am very happy here at Chelsea, settling well, everyone made me welcome and I am looking forward to being a player for Chelsea,' he said on Friday.
'Every player likes to play, be part of the team and during my career I have been tried in different positions. I am just happy I can help regardless of which position it is. I want to learn the philosophy about the club, learn how the club likes to go forward, and work with the aim to become a better player.'
His first experience of playing for Chelsea was somewhat overshadowed by the presence of Fernando Torres playing against his former side Liverpool, but Luiz does not mind being regarded as a more low-key acquisition.
'Usually the strikers get the spotlight because they are the ones that bring the joy and the goals but I am just happy to be here to help Chelsea conquer all their aims and be successful in my new career here.
'Individually I felt very well for the last 20 minutes of the game but as a group we felt down because Chelsea lost the match, but I hope to improve on those 20 minutes and become settled.'
The Brazilian will be expected to partner John Terry in central defence at Craven Cottage on Monday, though he could also occupy either wide defensive slot at the expense of Ashley Cole, Branislav Ivanovic or Jose Bosingwa, and he acknowledges the strength of squad he has joined.
'Chelsea has a wide choice of good defenders that all want to be involved. It is good to have the choice and it is down to the coach to decide his best partnership for the games.
'Football in general admires John Terry, it is not just me. He is a great player that has won a lot and I hope I can learn a lot and have the same success he has had over a number of years,' he said, before explaining what it is like to face Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in training.
'It is easier [for me] because now they are alongside me,' he smiled.' I had a privilege to play against Fernando when I was at Benfica. I can only learn from the best and it is a great pleasure to train alongside great players.'