Chelsea defender David Luiz has heaped praise on AC Milan star Mario Balotelli.

The Brazilian centre-back played against the Italian striker when he was with Manchester City and suggests he has the ability to positively influence the Azzurri at next year's World Cup.

"…Balotelli, he is a special guy with a great talent. With the ball at his feet can do anything because he is very strong both technically and physically," said Luiz.

"He can make the difference. I learned that on those occasions when I played against Italy or Manchester City."

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