Diego Costa appears to still be causing trouble at Chelsea, despite having been sold to Atletico Madrid.
According to reports, David Luiz believes that his current spat with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte can be traced back to his former team-mate.
RThe Brazilian defender was dropped from the squad for the match with Manchester United on Sunday.
It followed a dressing down from Conte during a meeting last Thursday, during which the Italian picked on Luiz for his performance in the recent Champions League defeat to Roma.
After the 1-0 win over Manchester United, Conte failed to give any guarantees over the defender’s future at the club.
The Times report that Luiz fears his friendship with Costa is being held against him.
The pair were good friends during their shared time at Stamford Bridge with Luiz on several occasions trying to broker peace between manager and striker before their relationship became totally irreparable. Luiz and Costa remain close.
The report from The Times adds that Chelsea sources deny that Luiz’s friendship with Costa has anything to do with the current situation. Yesterday Luiz took to social media and posted a message saying: ‘Life is great! Thank you and all my fans.’
Michael Emenalo got in the way of Antonio Conte claims former Chelsea assistant manager
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was not able to get what his own way in the transfer market due while working under technical director Michael Emenalo according to Ray Wilkins.
The retired midfielder, who has worked as an assistant manager and caretaker manager at Stamford Bridge, believes that the Italian will now be able to hold more authority over the business of buying and selling players.
He also criticised the decision to allow Nemanja Matic to sign for title rivals Manchester United.
“Unfortunately Michael and I didn’t see eye-to-eye,” Wilkins told BBC Radio 5 Live. “The most important thing at a club like Chelsea is that when you’re actually getting players in it’s what the coach want, it’s not what anyone else wants.”
Emenalo has often been the target of fan frustrations whenever the Blues have failed to secure major transfer targets.
During the summer, the Nigerian came under fire after United moved to sign Romelu Lukaku and deals for reinforcements such as Danny Drinkwater and Ross Barkley dragged on until deadline day.
The latter midfielder stalled on signing for the English champions and ultimately remained an Everton player as the window closed.
Wilkins suggested he was unsure of what value a technical director, or director of football, brought to a club with Chelsea’s reach.
“The players that more often than not that you’re bringing into a club like Chelsea are world class footballers anyway,” he said. “They’re known across the globe, so you know who you need to bring in to improve.
“It’s the same with Manchester Untied. Jose – he will decide who comes into Manchester United. No one else. I honestly do believe that Antonio Conte should have his own way. Bring in who he wants to bring in.”
“The selling of Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, as far as I’m concerned, is a disgrace,” he said. “That should never have happened.”