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David Luiz not a defender, claims former World Cup winner Leboeuf

David Luiz endured a disastrous end to his World Cup
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Former France defender Franck Leboeuf has suggested that Brazil defender David Luiz doesn't possess the qualities to be a top class centre back, but does think that the PSG man has the ability to play in other positions.

Ex-Chelsea man Luiz has come in for some fierce criticism in recent times following Brazil's shocking exit at the hands of eventual winners Germany and 1998 champion Leboeuf told RMC: "I think that David Luiz has a lot of qualities."

"But he alternates good moments with spells where he goes entirely missing. He is not a defender. The fact that Jose Mourinho put him in midfield at Chelsea is an indication that he wasn't convinced by his defensive ability."

"The problem became quite obvious at the World Cup. He was playing up front rather than in defence after just three minutes of play in the semi-final against Germany. That's the thing that scares me."

Luiz's €50 million transfer to PSG in France has led to many pundits suggesting that the fee is far greater than the player it has managed to acquire, although any settling in period will be aided by the fact that he will play at the back with international captain and teammate Thiago Silva.


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