Chelsea boss Benitez sees midfield as Luiz's long-term position

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez admits he sees David Luiz's long-term position in midfield. Benitez confirmed he will definitely return to midfield once John Terry shakes off his knee injury.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez admits he sees David Luiz's long-term position in midfield.

Benitez confirmed he will definitely return to midfield once John Terry shakes off his knee injury.

The Brazilian played there in last week’s Club World Cup semi-final win over Mexican’s Monterrey.

And Benitez said: “I played him as midfielder and didn’t want to do it again for the final because it would have been too demanding for him because he’s a centre-back.

“We knew it was too demanding and thought he would not have the same fresh legs.

“But midfield is easier for him. At centre-back one mistake and everyone sees it.

“In midfield, it’s easier. He likes to play and enjoys going forward. I encourage him to try things.

“I’d be worried if a player is not trying things in the final third — and he likes to take risks where necessary.”

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