Luiz thanks outgoing Chelsea boss Benitez

David Luiz has thanked soon-to-be-ex Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez for his help during his time at Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports has reported.

Benitez was appointed as the Blues’ interim boss in November 2012 and went on to guide Chelsea into third place in the Premier League and to victory in the Europa League, as well as the latter stages of both domestic cup competitions.

The former Liverpool manager was not universally welcomed at Chelsea by the club’s supporters, having had a tetchy relationship with Chelsea and then-manager Jose Mourinho during his days at Anfield.

But Luiz has spoken publically of his pleasure at working with the Spaniard for the final six months of the season, thanking Benitez for what he did both for the team and individually for the Brazil international.

Luiz said: “He was an amazing coach for the team and for me personally. I learnt a lot from him. People said bad things about him but not many coaches can do what he does.

The former Benfica player called on the team to maintain the same mindset as Benitez had instilled next season, when they will be working under a yet-to-be-confirmed new boss. He said: He goes with a title and with us in the Champions League next year. The coach will change but the mentality must be the same.”

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