David Luiz happy to make Chelsea midfield move

Chelsea defender David Luiz has admitted he would happily adopt a role as a makeshift midfielder for the club, The Independent reports.

With midfielder Oriol Romeu rupturing his cruciate ligament, ruling him out for six months, the Blues are looking to fill their central midfield void. Interim manager Rafael Benitez experimented with Luiz in midfield to good effect in the 6-1 Champions League victory over FC Nordsjaelland.

Luiz has declared he would be happy to occupy the position again, with Chelsea in action at the Club World Cup in their semi-final against Monterrey on Thursday. Luiz said: “I’ll do anything to help the team. This is my philosophy. I play for the team, and if I’m needed in other positions, I’ll do my best. I’ve played football for a long time. I know other positions.”

The Brazilian international has been known for his adventurous bursts from centre-back and the lack of Romeu leaves Benitez with only one holding midfielder in John Obi Mikel. However, the Nigerian is in the midst of a three-game ban and will be heading to the African Cup of Nations in January. Benitez could look for a permanent addition in January, but for the meantime, Luiz could fill the gap.

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