Maurizio Sarri expects David Luiz to have an integral role at Chelsea this season.
Luiz was a key figure as Chelsea won the 2016-17 Premier League title in Antonio Conte’s first season as head coach.
But a rumoured fall-out with Conte and a persistent knee injury meant the Brazil defender barely featured last term.
Sarri has been impressed by the 31-year-old, though.
“I’m very happy with David, for his attitude. I’m very happy,” Sarri said.
“I think David will be very important for the team, to support me.”
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is also looking for a fresh start at Chelsea.
His form on loan at Crystal Palace last season was enough to earn a place in England’s World Cup squad.
But the 22-year-old’s immediate future depends on whether he can impress Sarri in the coming days.
Sarri said: “Loftus-Cheek I have seen him just for three, four trainings. I want to wait to adjudicate.”
Cesc Fabregas is a doubt for Sunday’s Community Shield with Manchester City with a minor knee injury.
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FA Cup winners Chelsea finished fifth, 30 points behind champions City, in the Premier League last season.
And Sarri knows there is plenty of work to do.
He said: “We are not at the top level now. But we have to try to have a good performance. We have to try to have a good result.”