'Luiz not yet ready for return' - Conte

'Luiz not yet ready for return' - Conte

Cesar Azpilicueta has been filling in at left-back, and with the arrival of Alonso, should be able to move across to his preferred position on the right.

Luiz is in line for his second debut for Chelsea when they take on Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

Luiz trained with his new Chelsea team-mates on Tuesday afternoon as Conte put his Blues players through their paces ahead of their trip to south Wales at the weekend.

"If he must improve in some aspects, I'm here for this reason - to improve my players". In different positions I am available. It's important. If it happens that, during a game, a player loses concentration, I don't like this. "This is important. Then, when we start to work, we work".

When asked about the physical conditions of his squad, Conte added: "I am happy because I saw all the players with good fitness".

Oscar has hailed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for boosting his confidence after last season's disastrous Premier League title defense. Hopefully this season we will win trophies and get back to a winning mentality.

Conte subsequently indicated he intends to utilise Luiz at the heart of the defence.

Indeed, Antonio Conte claims that he can develop the player, who re-signed for Chelsea on transfer deadline day, to become one of the best defenders in the world as a cross between the highly rated Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli, both of Juventus.

"I think this squad can play 3-4-3, not 3-5-2 like the national team in Italy and Juventus but, because of the characteristics of the players, we can play 3-4-3". "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".

Hazard aimed a thinly veiled dig at Mourinho when he told L'Equipe "Conte knows how to treat players having played at the highest level himself" and centre-back Cahill concedes all was not well at Stamford Bridge last term.

And Conte is keen to remain focused on Chelsea, while maintaining an interest in the outcome of the Manchester derby.

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