David Luiz explains why he chose the number 30 shirt at Chelsea

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More than one week on from transfer deadline day and Chelsea fans are probably still wondering what on earth David Luiz is doing back at the club.

The Brazilian defender re-signed for the Blues after leaving in 2014 for Paris Saint-Germain. Antonio Conte completed the shock £32 million on the final day of the transfer window in a desperate move to get another defender in.

Luiz has never done anything in a conventional manner - from his defending to his hair style - and there was yet more surprise when it was revealed he would wear the number 30 shirt.

Thirty is typically reserved for a youth player who’s just been called up to the first-team, not a 29-year-old defender. Future Manchester United star Marcus Rashford wore 39 last season and, as a sign of his growing status, received the number 19 shirt in the summer.

Thankfully, Luiz has done us all a favour by explaining just why he chose to wear 30 on the back of his Chelsea shirt.

Scroll to 2:21 in the video below to watch Luiz’s rationale.

“It was my mum and dad’s choice, so it’s fine,” the colourful Brazilian says. “And because my four is with Fabregas!”

What mummy wants, mummy gets.

Luiz's position

There was plenty of debate about just where Luiz would play this season for the Blues, and his new number hasn’t given away the answer.

Fortunately, Conte provided an update earlier in the week and it’s bad news for all those who hoped to see Luiz playing in midfield.

"I think David Luiz is a centre back, he's played a lot of games in that position," the Conte told Chelsea TV, per the Independent.

"I know sometimes he's played as a central midfielder but in my mind the idea is to utilise him in the right position which, for me, is centre back."

Even most Chelsea fans will admit that Luiz is a liability in defence, hence the push to see him in midfield alongside N’Golo Kante.

Where is David Luiz's best position? Let us know in the comments section below!

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