"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".
Abramovich had been a driving force behind the decision to re-sign Luiz last summer and regards the Brazilian as a world-class defender, but that did not influence Conte's decision.
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Conte's infamous text message confirming Costa wasn't in his plans riled the Brazilian, who refused to leave his home town of Lagarto to report for preseason training as he attempted to force through a move back to Atletico Madrid.
Walker thinks the emphasis is now on Luiz to respond and raise his game if he wants to convince Conte that he deserves to be starting ahead of Christensen in the Blues backline. "He's lackadaisical as a defender but I think he is a very good midfield player and I have said this on numerous occasions".
"I repeat: I have to put my face to every situation and then sometimes to make important decisions". I was very happy for this. "We played with great energy, passion and enthusiasm".
The Times say Luiz confronted his manager on Thursday and questioned his tactics. I have to make the best decision for the team and I try to do this. I saw him play against Roma [a 3-0 Champions League defeat] the other night and he didn't look anywhere near it.