David Luiz willing to play anywhere for Chelsea

The Brazilian was deployed in an unfamiliar midfield role for his side's victory over Monterrey in the Club World Cup but insists he is happy to adapt for the team
David Luiz has revealed his willingness to play anywhere for Chelsea after being deployed in midfield for Thursday's win over Monterrey.

The 25-year-old started alongside John Obi Mikel in the middle as the Blues ran out 3-1 winners against the Mexican side to seal their place in the Club World Cup final.

And, despite playing the majority of his career at centre-back, Luiz underlined his happiness to adapt for the club.

“Since he [Benitez] arrived he’s been talking about playing me there if the opportunity arose,” he told Fifa.com.

“He spoke to me in the team-talk and we decided to do it for that game. I was happy with the result, about getting through to a big final, and with my performance as well.

“It was Rafa’s decision to make the change for this game. He wanted me to play in a more advanced position and I was delighted with my contribution to the team and with our overall performance too.

“I’ve been working in training every day on other aspects of my game so I can help out in different ways.

They’re things we’ve been practising, and the coach has a gift for seeing when a player can make a positive contribution in a certain position.

“Getting up there in attack is not my main job. All I want to do is help the team, no matter what my position is. I love playing for Chelsea. I love playing. And I hope we can take the title.”

The defender went on to insist there will be no conflict of interest when he faces fellow Brazilian side Corinthians in the tournament's final.

“It’s another final, and that’s always special for me, whoever we play," he added.

“Everyone tries to help. And when they’ve got some information to give they’ve got the freedom to come out and tell the team about it.

“We’ve been talking a lot this week about the importance that we attach to the [Club] World Cup in South America and especially in Brazil.

“I’ve always made it clear that it’s been a dream of mine to play in a [Club] World Cup and that I’d give anything to win it.”