Not long after being one of the key players in Chelsea’s Premier League title-winning campaign last season, David Luiz has seemingly fallen out of the good graces of Antonio Conte. Andreas Christensen has taken his place in the first-choice eleven, and now the 30-year-old cannot even rotate in (and change the situation) because he’s apparently suffering from a painful knee injury.
“Now David Luiz is having treatment in his knee. How long [will he be out for]? It’s not simple to understand how long but at the same time the doctor is doing his best to recover him soon.”
-Antonio Conte; Source: Chelsea FC
However, the issues are more than just physical, even if that’s the official line. According to Brazilian news outlet UOL, who are hardly the only outlet to report something like this in recent days and weeks, the veteran centre back sees no future at Chelsea under Antonio Conte. For that reason, he is considering leaving the club even though ideally he’d like to stay (and play).
As far as Conte's viewpoint, the boss says it is too early to speak about any transfer rumours, including Real Madrid's reported interest in the player, and lumps all these stories under the category of just the same old usual transfer rumor nonsense and speculation.
“I think this moment is very early to talk about this topic. This is not right. We are in December. There is one month to play. I think now it's very important to be focused and go game-by-game, to put all ourselves for Chelsea and try to do our best. Then when it will be the moment of transfer market, we can start to speak about this.”
“I must be honest, I don't read [the rumours] because I don't have time to read, because we are playing every three days. For this reason my focus is on the pitch, to prepare in the right way my team. As you know very well, these are speculations in this period. We pass from my sacking, to Real Madrid. We are very fast to pass in these two different situations. My focus is only on Chelsea and I'm totally committed for this club and for my players.”
-Antonio Conte; source: London Evening Standard
Still, it’s hard not to read between the lines and see the coming end to David Luiz’s second spell at the club. At that will be a sad day, unless a major turnaround takes place before then.