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Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

David Luiz frozen out at Chelsea after confronting Antonio Conte

David Luiz frozen out at Chelsea after confronting Antonio Conte

And after Andreas Christensen was picked to play in the back three against Manchester United, Conte yesterday cast doubt on Luiz's future at the club.

Sources close to Chelsea believe that the 30-year-old could be allowed to leave inn January - although at the moment Conte is happy for him to stay and it remains to be seen if Luiz would want out.

Atletico's reluctance to meet Chelsea's asking price prolonged Costa's exile and overshadowed Conte's summer, but agreement was finally reached in September over a fee in the region of £58 million. Luiz's Brazilian teammate Kenedy was subsequently left out of the squad to face United after being caught yawning during the meeting.

Victory saw Conte's team go one point behind second-place Manchester United, but it also created an eight-point gap at the top of the Premier League table.

Kante believes that Chelsea now simply have to get their heads down and start focusing on stringing together a series of consistent results as they bid to try and retain their title this season.

Following the game, Conte denied any falling out with Luiz and hailed the impact made by Christiansen, who has made 12 appearances this campaign after returning from two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.

Yes, reporters were probably right to sniff a bit of blood in the water at Luiz's demotion not to the bench, but to the stands.

"I have to make important decisions".

"(Leaving out Luiz) could have easily backfired - they're big calls for managers - but I think he's [Conte] won that one today. I have these players, and then I repeat I have to make the best decision for the team. "I have to make the best decision for the team and I try to do this".

"I decided this tonight, maybe I can decide a different way in the future". That's normal. I must take the best decision for the club, not for a single player.

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