Outgoing Chelsea star one of world’s best, claims teammate

David Luiz

Bayern Munich centre-back Dante hails his Brazil international teammate David Luiz as one of the best defenders in world football.

David Luiz is the world’s most expensive defender. Paris Saint-Germain paid Chelsea a record-breaking £40 million to sign the Brazil international (although the transfer isn’t exactly official just yet).

The 27-year-old is essentially a centre-back, but under Blues manager Jose Mourinho in the 2013-14 season, he featured as a defensive midfielder. However, at PSG, coach Laurent Blanc is likely to deploy him alongside his Brazilian compatriot Thiago Silva at the heart of the defence.

Interestingly, Silva is the world’s second most expensive defender. PSG paid AC Milan £36m in the summer of 2012 for the 29-year-old, who is regarded by many football followers as the best centre-back in the world.

Luiz and Silva are likely to be the two first-choice central defenders for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup finals, and Dante knows that. The 30-year-old has been a regular at Bayern Munich for the past two seasons, winning a number of trophies including the Champions League in the process, but for the five-time world champions, he will be a back-up.

Not that Dante is complaining or under any illusion that he deserves to be playing ahead of them. Instead, the former Borussia Monchengladbach defender says that Silva and Luiz are among the best defenders in the world.

‘As for the competition for places, their (Thiago Silva and David Luiz) market value means less than the quality they have’, Goal.com quotes him as saying. ‘They are among the three or four best defenders around. They proved they deserve to be in the lineup’.

Dante indeed shows remarkable humility in accepting his place behind the duo, but is Luiz really one of the best defenders? Chelsea fans would remember his howlers from time to time, although the former Benfica star did play a crucial role in the Blues winning the Champions League in 2012 and the Europa League the following year.

Did Chelsea make a mistake by selling Luiz, even though they received £40m for him? Only time will tell.

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