David Luiz believes he has come back to Chelsea a better player and is in the best form of his career.
Luiz rejoined the club from Paris St Germain for £34million in August and has played a major role in Chelsea’s surge to the top of the Premier League.
The Brazil international is in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, having spent two years at PSG, winning six trophies between 2014-16 after a £50m switch.
Luiz was part of the Chelsea side that won the Champions League in 2012 but the 29-year-old feels he has a lot more to offer the club now.
When asked if he was performing at a higher level on his return, he said: “Yes, if not that means I’m going the wrong way. You need to be ready to improve every day and be available to do that immediately, from your first day. If I think I am the same player as many years before, this is not a good mentality.
“I improve every day. It was a new League with a new philosophy [at PSG], different players and a different culture, so I was happy there. I won a lot and learnt a lot.”
Such has been Luiz’s impact in his second spell at Chelsea, he has taken on more of a leadership role this time and is often seen berating and encouraging his team-mates.
“When you get older, you want to organise your bedroom more than when you are young, no?” he added. “It’s quite like this, just part of getting older.”
Chelsea face West Brom at home on Sunday full of confidence, following eight successive League victories. The impressive run has coincided with coach Antonio Conte’s switch to a 3-4-3 formation but Luiz insists the players deserve a lot of credit for making the transition so smoothly.
He added: “Everybody has understood the philosophy quickly, it’s part of the changing dynamic of football.”
Luiz is set to face West Brom despite injuring his left knee last week, while Nemanja Matic should return from a calf problem.