In Dropping David Luiz, Antonio Conte Sends Strong Message to Chelsea Roster

Alvaro Morata

"Conte has been quick to offload any revolting players in the past, and if the club's hierarchy continue to back the Italian, it would come as no surprise to see Luiz shipped in the January transfer window at just 6/4".

Following last week's 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League and subsequent bust up with Antonio Conte in training, Luiz was dropped for Sunday's game against Manchester United.

The dropping of Luiz created a real buzz: no injury; entirely tactical; had he and Antonio Conte had a falling out?

Fulham defender Tomas Kalas believes there is still a chance he could break into the first team at Chelsea and is looking to follow in the footsteps of Andreas Christensen, who has forced his way into reckoning at Stamford Bridge after a spell away on loan. It's normal. This can happen to every one of my players, if I see they are not in good form.

The Brazil defender was banished to the stands on Sunday, after questioning Conte's tactics in a team meeting after the 3-0 loss to Roma on Tuesday.

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"[It was] only a tactical decision, I repeat, only a tactical decision", he told reporters after the match. It's normal. I have to make the best decision for the club, not for a single player. I was very happy for this.

Conte cast further doubt over Luiz's future at Stamford Bridge when admitting that he is unsure if there will be a place for him in the side this season.

A Facebook post David Luiz produced four years back has resurfaced following recent events. He has to work really hard otherwise they are on the bench or in the stand.

It was the latter comment that finally drew a response from Conte, who said Mourinho should think more about United and less about Chelsea. I have a squad with 16 senior players, and five young players.

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