Mourinho praises Luiz in midfield role - his ideal position?

The Brazil international played in the centre of the park against Arsenal, gaining plaudits from the Chelsea manager.

David Luiz’s future is an ongoing source of questioning, with the talented but error-prone Brazilian consistently linked with a move to Barcelona.

With Jose Mourinho returning to the Stamford Bridge helm in the summer, the Chelsea boss has been working on partnerships and seems to have picked his ideal starting XI.

Gary Cahill and John Terry have formed a rock solid pairing at the centre of the Blues’ defence, which leads to questions over just how much time Luiz will get on the pitch going forward.

With highly rated teenager Kurt Zouma set to join the west London club in the summer, competition for places in the Chelsea defence is set to intensify.

However, with Luiz’s ability on the ball and positional sense, the former Benfica man has been used in midfield on occasion in the past.

Rafa Benitez seemed to prefer playing Luiz in the centre of the park during his time at the club last season, while Mourinho has utilised the South American in this role on occasion this season.

Luiz played an impressive role in Chelsea’s 6-0 hammering of Arsenal on Saturday, with an assured performance alongside Nemanja Matic drawing praise from Mourinho.

With the Chelsea defence relatively settled and Zouma to join the contingent soon, it may well be that Luiz is best used as a midfielder.

Although Matic’s January signing has given Chelsea an assured and dominant screen in front of the back four, playing Luiz in the centre of midfield alongside the Serb seems like a pairing as good as any in the division.

Luiz has the ability to get forward, while his willingness to put the foot in will make Chelsea more competitive. With Frank Lampard getting older and Ramires naturally wanting to play his part in the team’s attack, Luiz could be an ideal option in midfield.

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