Conte: Luiz transfer was last minute

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admitted that he wasn’t aware that defender David Luiz was available for transfer until deadline day of the recently concluded window.

The former Blues centre-back made a shock £30 million move back to London from French champions Paris Saint-Germain at the 11th hour with barely any rumours about the transfer until it was announced, which is somewhat unusual for a switch of this nature.

Conte agrees the move was a surprise – even to himself and everyone involved with the Stamford Bridge outfit.

“When we take the decision about the players, we always take the decision together – me and the club,” the Italian mentor said.

“I told you that this transfer market was very difficult for us to reach our targets, but at the last minute, on the last day, there was this situation which was good for me and the club to improve the squad.

“For this reason, we bought David Luiz. We invested in David, and I’m very happy. We took a player with a great personality, good technique and who likes to play.

“I like to play football and I like defenders who like to play football. We know that David can improve in defensive situations, but it’s good and I’m very happy he has come here.

“He’s a good guy, a positive guy for the changing room. I’m very pleased for this.”