Report: David Luiz could leave Chelsea in January

Report: David Luiz could leave Chelsea in January

David Luiz could be allowed to leave Chelsea on loan in January and already four clubs have registered their interest in the defender, according to a report.

The Brazilian David Luiz was left out of the matchday squad that defeated Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday after reports of a training-ground bust-up with Antonio Conte.

The Italian boss claimed Luiz’s omission was a tactical decision as he handed Andreas Christensen a start at the back.
Asked if David Luiz had a future immediately after the match, Conte told Sky Sports: “I don’t know. He has to work really hard otherwise they are on the bench or in the stand.”

A number of Europe’s top clubs, however, have already told Chelsea they will take the 30-year-old in January if they want Luiz to leave.

The Gambling Times reports Luiz could be allowed to depart, although “at the moment Conte is happy for him to stay and it remains to be seen if Luiz would want out”.

His former club Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan, have made contact with his representatives and said they would be willing to take Luiz on loan.

Barring two games when he was banned, Luiz had started every Premier League game before last weekend, when comments about Conte’s tactics in the Champions League hammering by Roma are believed to have irked Conte.

Conte signed Luiz from PSG on deadline day in August 2016 and last season he labelled him a “world-class defender”, but reports the two have not seen eye to eye this season have surfaced.

Luiz is expected back at training at Cobham today.

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