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Gianfranco Zola Says David Luiz is the Best Ball-Playing Defender in the World

Former Chelsea player and assistant manager Gianfranco Zola says that David Luiz is the best defender out there when it comes to playing out from the back.

Zola coached Luiz last season and was surprised to see the Blues countenance a deadline day sale of the Brazilian centre-half to Arsenal.

Speaking to BeIn Sports, Zola said, “I don’t think there is anybody as good as him in breaking the lines from the back.

“He gets on the ball, he’s always got this passing in between the lines, or switching the play, he can make a big difference. For us, last year, he was very important.

“Considering what Arsenal need, it’s a brilliant move because he’s exactly the type of player they need.” Zola questioned whether there had been a fallout between Luiz and Chelsea.

“My first reaction was that something must have happened in the changing room because I couldn’t see him leaving the club.

“They always gave him a big value for what he did in the changing room. [Gary] Cahill leaving was another one, another big voice, I didn’t expect him to leave.”

 
 

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