CHELSEA defender Cahill backs David Luiz and Marcos Alonso

It is a great opportunity for him and us.

"He has good technique, good personality like Leonardo Bonucci, and he likes to play football". "It is important not to only think to have four defenders and to play only with these defenders".

"David can improve in defensive situations, but I am very happy to have him here".

"I think every player, until the end of their career, can improve", said Conte, who indicated Luiz is unlikely to start Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea as he adapts to Chelsea's new "philosophy". I think Zouma is the present and the future for Chelsea.

"To improve your players and to work".

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte admits there is still no firm date for Kurt Zouma's return to first-team action, but says he is excited by the prospect of having the Frenchman available for selection again.

"For us, Zouma is not only the future, he's the present", Conte said.

"Even when you are 32, 33 or 36 you can always improve. For this reason we bought Luiz".

"We have bought David Luiz because we need a centre-back". Conte was also quick to play down suggestions Luiz could be used in midfield, a role he sometimes filled for PSG. However, with John Terry and Gary Cahill entrenched as Chelsea's centre-backs and the defence functioning well as a unit, Luiz and fellow new recruit Marcos Alonso, a left-back signed from Fiorentina, may have to wait for their first appearances.

"But then I started to work with them, I found a great commitment and attitude".

"For this reason I think the chance to play at the start is not high".

The 21-year-old has been training with Chelsea's first-team squad since their pre-season tour in Austria but is yet to complete his recovery from a torn cruciate ligament suffered against Manchester United last season. "We are waiting for Zouma with great happiness".

Zouma has not kicked a ball competitively for the Blues since rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a Premier League match against Manchester United on February 8, though he did join Conte's squad on preseason trips to Austria and the United States this summer.

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