Axed Luiz faces fight for Chelsea future, warns Conte

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David Luiz appears to be facing uncertainty at Chelsea after manager Antonio Conte refused to comment on the defender's long-term future at the club. The message, which should be heard loud and clear, conveys that anybody can be dropped at any time, no matter their salary or previous praise from the manager.

Given the personalities involved, it was surprising that we had to wait until January of last season before Conte's patience with Costa snapped.

The Brazilian is due back at training on Wednesday following his bust-up with Blues boss Conte.

Andreas Christensen filled in for the player brought back to Stamford Bridge from Paris Saint-Germain on summer transfer window deadline day 2016, and Conte hailed the replacement's performance as unbelievable.

Conte insisted after the match that leaving out Luiz was purely a "tactical decision", but reports suggest the two men clashed in the wake of Chelsea's humiliating 3-0 away defeat against Roma in the Champions League.

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Andreas Christensen took his place in his three-man defence alongside Cesar Azpilicueta and Gary Cahill, with 17-year-old Ethan Ampadu making the bench. "Then I decided in this way tonight".

He said after the United win: "Maybe in the future I can decide a different way or continue in this way". It is a big call because if you take on these players in that dressing room, where David Luiz is a big influence, a big character, you can lose at this club. "But I do the best things for my team". It's normal and this can happen to every one of my players. I have to put my face in every situation, and sometimes make important decisions.

It should be noted that the report makes no mention of David Luiz doing anything other complying with these orders (private reservations aside) - he even skipped his customary chat with ESPN Brasil - and they would also fit the pattern of a lightly injured player, which was reported by at least one source before Sunday's game as well.

"I'd be happy to eat humble pie if I'm wrong - and there's part of me that will be pleased if I am because I've a lot of respect for the guy. I try to do this". The Blues boss only responded with: "It can change". This mindset has yielded spectacular results when selling players - most notably Ramires, David Luiz and Oscar - but led to more problems when buying.