Majestic Luiz is the toast of Stamford Bridge

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When Chelsea signed Fernando Torres and David Luiz for a combined total of £71 million in January they did not expect the latter would be the first to open his Stamford Bridge account.

The Brazilian was brought to west London to stop goals - not score them - but the sense of attacking adventure Luiz has displayed during his brief time with Chelsea has seen him become a quick favourite with the fans.

His leveller against Manchester United last night highlighted technique and precision not usually afforded to a centre-back as the 23-year-old slammed a volley into the bottom corner with the minimum of fuss.

Although seemingly fortunate to escape a red card after a foul on Wayne Rooney went unpunished, Luiz was arguably the best player on display at the Bridge as Chelsea ran out 2-1 winners.

The Brazil international strode into midfield - evading tackles - in almost effortless fashion on a number of occasions and could prove to be a good foil alongside John Terry whom, it is fair to say, is a far more traditional central defender than his new team-mate.

Luiz served his football apprenticeship at Esporte Clube Vitória - also a stable for World Cup winners Bebeto and Dida - before being granted a move to Benfica in 2007 after a successful loan spell at the Portuguese club.


After intense interest in his signature from Chelsea, Luiz was granted a move to Stamford Bridge in January after the two clubs agreed a deal in the region of £21 million - a move the stopper was only too happy to make.

"I am delighted to be joining a big English club, and I know very well the quality that Chelsea has," Luiz said after completing his transfer.

"It is a major challenge for me but I am determined and confident in my ability to adapt to this excellent league, and I look forward to meeting my new-team mates."

Eight days after his arrival, Luiz made his Chelsea debut against Fulham and - despite conceding a late penalty - he was named Barclays Player of the Match after a virtuoso performance.

And, if his display against United was anything to go by, attackers - and opposition defenders - will soon be living in fear of the boy from Brazil.

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